Title race remains tight after wins for Catterick, Colburn and Richmond Mavericks

The race for the league title remains close after wins for three of the favourites.

Catterick Garrison are now top on their own after a 6-0 demolition of Richmond Town Reserves.

Luke McCormack continued his good form, scoring four, while brother James and Jez Mortimer got one each.

Colburn were awarded three penalties in their game away at Richmond Buck.

Early chances came at both ends, a good effort from Craig Teasdale being well saved.

Colburn’s keeper, Liam Ryan, was then called on to make a fine save from a deflected free kick.

The first spot kick was given when Brandon Bishop was felled in the area after 20 minutes.

Bishop stepped up to take the kick, but his effort was well saved.

Rory Wallace was then brought down in the box. This time the spot kick was entrusted to Micky Sartini, who managed to shoot home off the post.

After the break Bishop was still in the thick of the action, having a couple of attempts thwarted by Buck’s keeper.

When the third penalty was given, after 80 minutes, for blatant handball, Bishop was given the chance of redemption for his miss earlier, and he showed great composure, sliding his shot wide of the despairing keeper into the corner of the goal.

There was still time for Colburn’s third substitute, Tom Sweeney, to create a final goal, the only one from open play, when he produced an exquisite ball over the defence for Chris Hope to lift it over the keeper.

Richmond Mavericks were made to battle hard for their 2-1 win away at Reeth.

First half goals from Ryan Howe and James Kelly secured the points for the Richmond team, with Daniel Mackenzie scoring a late consolation for Reeth.

Hawes also had to work for their 1-0 win at Carperby.

The visitors had the better of the chances in the first half but it took until the 43rd minute for them to take the lead through Steven Calvert whose shot went in off the far post.

Both teams had chances in the second half in the challenging weather conditions but neither team managed to score.

Elsewhere, Unicorn came from a goal down at half-time to beat Spennithorne 4-1.

The Richmond team’s goals were scored by Ryan Crowther, who got a couple, the league’s top scorer Liam Reeves and veteran defender Charlie Allis.

Results

Carperby 0-1 Hawes

Reeth 1-2 Richmond Mavericks

Richmond Buck 0-3 Colburn

Richmond Town Reserves 0-6 Catterick Garrison

Spennithorne 1-4 Unicorn

Fixtures – 18.1.20

Carperby v Spennithorne

Catterick Garrison v Reeth

Leyburn v Hawes

Unicorn v Richmond Mavericks