Unicorn beat Catterick Garrison to stay top while Reeth win for first time

The Wensleydale Creamery League saw four tight games on Saturday with only the Richmond Mavericks and Spennithorne tie being a one-sided affair.

Mavs made seven wins on the bounce with a 8-2 win over a young and improving Spenni team.

Andrew Pritchard got four, while Ryan Howe got two, and Richie Bastow and Dan Geeney got the odd one.

Jack Crook and James Smith scored for the visitors.

Despite the win for Mavs, Unicorn stayed top with a hard-fought 5-3 victory away at Catterick Garrison.

Mark Sims nabbed a quick fire double for the Richmond side who were forced into a reshuffle when Carl Handley surprised nobody by pulling up with a strain.

Damian Hargreaves pulled a goal back for the home side, but Unicorn increased their lead through a spectacular 30-yard effort from Liam Reeves, who was just returning from injury.

Sims then completed his first half hat-trick  after Reeves set him up for a simple far post tap in. 

Tim Holland and Neil Wright scored for Catterick before Sims got his fourth, ignoring shouts of “go to the corner” and instead going for goal.

After back-to-back defeats, Colburn stopped the rot with a battling 1-0 win away at Buck Inn.

Early exchanges were muted, with Colburn trying to get their passing game going, and Buck sending their right winger in on Dean McCormack as much as possible.

One of these attacks down the right side left Nige Cole in agony on the ground. Play was halted, and spectators, or at least the Colburn ones, were fearful that their Iron Man would be forced off.

Thankfully he was able to resume, but did look more shaky than usual for a while Colburn cranked up the pressure.

Craig Teasdale sent a searching cross over from the left, but Tom Sweeney’s attempt to finish it off was foiled by the keeper.

Then McCormack had a tentative effort from over on the left wing which drifted over.

Eventually after 20 minutes, the pressure told. Stuart Murray won a freekick over to the left of the area, Sweeney stepped up and hit a sweet ball across to the middle of the goal, where Cole rose to power a header home.

Buck came back into it later in the half with David Addison pulling the strings in midfield and his delightful curling through ball found Micheal Slater one-on-one with Burn keeper Tim Bishop.

Slater took a touch to control, but will want to forget his shot when he shinned and the ball trickled tamely wide.

The second half began quietly. Murray had a half-chance but blazed over. Then Buck had a free header from a cross into the box, but that flew over.

Colburn made two quick changes, taking Shane Parkinson and Teasdale off, replacing them with Connor Weatherbed who went wide left, and Joe Woodall who was given the right wing to patrol. Buck had another good chance with another header, but couldn’t direct it on target.

Liam Ryan in goal for Buck then made a high class save onto the bar from Tom Sweeney.

Buck felt they had the better of the second half with Connor Metcalfe and Danny Allen going close for what would have been a deserved equaliser.

Just time for Colburn to make a final change, bringing Callum Henney on for McCormack, before a fairly unremarkable game finished 1-0.

Leyburn consolidated their third place in the table with a good 5-4 win away at Hawes.

Leyburn took the lead early in the game thanks to an excellent solo run from Callum Rankine, who cut inside from the left and slotted the ball home.

The lead was then cut short as Hawes began to pile on the pressure, making good passing moves in the centre of the pitch between Tom Calvert and Jonathon Champion.

Leyburn got a second when James Stanger laid the ball off to fellow winger Callum Rankine, who had a chance gift wrapped to him by an unfortunate slip from a Hawes defender.

This lead was again short lived however as Hawes responded and claimed another goal following a Leyburn defensive mistake.

James Stanger then crossed from the wide left for George Shaw at the front post. Leyburn seemed to have all the luck in front of goal as yet another failed clearance from Hawes led to George Shaw slotting the ball into the back of the Hawes net.

Leyburn were now gathering momentum and looked in full control of the game. A failed Hawes attack led to Lee Davison picking the ball up from inside his own penalty area and carrying the ball up the field where he passed to fellow midfielder Brandon Acton who drove at the defensive and scoring.

The second half was promising for Hawes as Tommy Calvert was causing threats with his movement and pace.

But Leyburn increased their lead when Rankine found Shaw on the edge of the box who finished it well into the top corner of the goal with his weaker foot.

Hawes had wind in their sales in the latter stages of the game, as constant pressure and missed chances lead to a scrappy passage of play in the Leyburn penalty area led to a goal for Hawes making the game 5-3.

Hawes grew in confidence and scored another. Leyburn’s goalkeeper Jack Hammond then pulled off a number of impressive saves in the latter stages of the game to secure the points.

At the foot of the table, a towering back-post header by Reeth centre-half Shane Cox gave them the lead after 32 minutes against Richmond Town Academy.

It was short-lived, however, as Eddie Lewington quickly equalised after making a good run down the left.

Danny Plumb, playing his second game of the day, ensured that the home side went in at half-time 2-1 up, side-footing home when Academy failed to clear their box in the 42nd minute.

The visitors struck back again on 58 minutes. A 25 yard effort from Gredziak was saved, but Donoghue followed up to tap home.

Reeth wrapped up a nifty win in the 63rd minute when Jack Thornley met a long ball forward  and glanced his header into the far corner.

The goal give Reeth their first three points of the season in a 3-2 victory.

Results

Catterick Garrison 3-5 Unicorn

Hawes 4-5 Leyburn

Reeth 3-2 Richmond Academy

Richmond Buck 0-1 Colburn

Richmond Mavericks 8-2 Spennithorne

Fixtures

Medals Shield

Carperby v Colburn

Richmond Mavericks v Catterick Garrison

Richmond Town Academy v Leyburn

Spennithorne v Unicorn

League

Richmond Buck v Hawes