Unicorn beat Catterick Garrison to take title initiative

Unicorn sit top of the table after their second win in a row against one of their championship rivals.

After beating Richmond Mavericks last week, the Newbiggin side also took three points in their clash against Catterick Garrison, who were without their top scorer Luke McCormack following his transfer to Richmond Town’s first team.

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Unicorn went ahead after just four minutes when a strike from in-form Tom Keegan was palmed into the Catterick net by keeper Alfie Martin.

Unicorn smelt blood and went searching for a second.

After some great play down the Unicorn, Charlie Allis sent a trademark pinpoint cross to the feet of Shayne Ketley, who controlled the ball well before shooting into the roof of the net.

There was a further blow for Catterick when their keeper had to be substituted after colliding with the post.

This change, however, seemed to settle the Catterick team down and they grew into the game, with Unicorn keeper David Mutch needing to be at his best to keep out the visitors.

At the other end Ketley then Reeves both had chances, with the latter endangering motorists on the nearby A1 with one effort.

Tom Keegan should have scored for Unicorn when one-on-one with the keeper, but tried a poor lob rather than shooting directly.

Catterick then pulled one back through Damian Hargreaves who out-foxed the Unicorn centre-halves Stuart Brown and Carl Handley, before shooting past Much into the corner.

In the second half, Catterick looked the brighter and had several chances to equalise, but found Much in great form in the Unicorn goal.

Veteran defender Allis also helped out his keeper when he cleared off the line with an overhead bicycle kick.

Colburn got revenge for the early-season 7-1 reverse they had suffered at the hands of the Richmond Town Reserves.

Colburn went ahead on 15 minutes A free-kick was delivered from the right by Craig Teasdale and it was met by the rampaging Josh Crisp at the back post, thumping his header past Mudd.

The next effort of note came from a Tom Sweeney free-kick from which Chris Hope headed wide. Richmond had one or two sporadic attacks, which were dealt with competently by Colburn’s back three.

Richmond came out with renewed energy in the second half, and a long through ball left Thomas Gilroy with time and space to send the ball past Liam Ryan in Colburn’s goal.

Colburn responded well, and a fine shot from Hope came back off the bar.

Two minutes later Colburn were rocked back on their heels. Sweeney, covering back on the right, missed his challenge, and Nathan Simpson was able to convert to turn the game around.

For a while Colburn seemed to have lost their way. Bishop was sin-binned for dissent, and Crisp was booked for cynically bringing a Richmond attack to a halt.

However, with ten minutes left, Colburn refound their mojo.

Attack after attack came, and when Crisp found Hope in space, the striker surged past the defence and shot home to level the scores.

A minute later sub Shane Parkinson was felled in the area. Up stepped Bishop, released from his sinbin, to drive the penalty home.

There was still time for Hope to get booked and for Crisp to glance a header off the post.

After the disappointment of last week’s loss against Unicorn, Richmond Mavericks got their title chase back on track with a 5-1 win away at Carperby —a win they celebrated with a pub crawl around the Dales on a Foster’s bus.

Mavs’ goals were shared around the team with Owen Kelly, Bradley Galloway, Sam Pickersgill, Richie Bastow and Ryan Howe all getting on the score sheet.

Paul Stephenson scored from the penalty spot for Carperby.

Elsewhere, Leyburn and Spennithorne played out a 2-2 draw. Sam Lane and James Stanger got Leyburn’s goals.

 

Results

Carperby 1-5 Richmond Mavericks

Leyburn 2-2 Spennithorne

Richmond Town Reserves 2-3 Colburn Town

Unicorn 2-1 Catterick Garrison

Fixtures – 2.2.20

League

Catterick Garrison v Leyburn

Colburn v Carperby

Richmond Town Reserves v Reeth

Spennithorne v Hawes

North Riding Cup

Richmond Mavericks v Edgehill

Unicorn v Tockwith