Unicorn beat Hawes in epic to open up lead

Unicorn took a big leap towards retaining the league title with an epic 6-5 win over Hawes on Saturday.

The Wensleydale side were a goal up after just two minutes when Dan Richardson connected with a Luke Wilkinson free kick.

Liam Reeves equalised from the spot for Unicorn after Ethan Brown was pulled back.

Hawes were quickly back in front however when Jordan Iveson headed in from a high-quality Tommy Calvert cross, with Richardson grabbing a second soon afterwards.

A quickfire double from Bailey Proudlock levelled the score after the break, with the second an acrobatic overhead kick.

Calvert put Hawes back in front by chipping the keeper from 20 yards, before Macauley Acton tapped in from close range after Unicorn keeper David Mutch spilled a freekick.

Unicorn fought back however to make it 5-5, with Reeves scoring a bullet header from a Tom Keegan cross and Rory Atkinson also nodding home.

Then in the 89th minute, when a Proudlock effort was blocked, Reeves pounced to drill the ball goalward from eight yards, the ball cannoning in off the post.

Unicorn then used all their experience to keep Hawes from equalising in the final minutes, with Mutch pulling off several good saves and the ball hitting both the post and bar.

Things were just as tense in the game between Askrigg and Reeth, with the Wensleydale side scoring deep into injury time to record their first league win of the season.

Steven Teasdale and Ryan Wheeler gave Askrigg a 2-0 lead at half-time.

Reeth’s Jack Procter netted twice in the final 15 minutes to level the scores, but teenager Jack Dalton popped up in the box to score with a composed finish seconds before the final whistle.

Elsewhere, Carperby were delighted to come away with the three points against an ever-improving young Leyburn side.

The visitors took the lead after a ball over the top from Tim Weatherill was controlled and hit by Tom Barley.

His initial effort was blocked by Ben Simpson, but Barley followed up to give Carperby the lead.

The rest of the first half was fairly even with Leyburn battling well, and Carperby not keeping the ball as well as they’re accustomed to.

Leyburn deservedly got level five minutes before half time when Ollie Scott’s long throw was headed home by Leyburn’s midfielder Ben Parlour.

Carperby managed to get in control of the open exchanges of the second half, and took the lead early when Weatherill headed home an in-swinging Paul Stephenson corner.

Leyburn thought they had equalised when Riley Girgan raced clear and slotted home, only for the goal to be chalked off for offside.

Carperby made sure of the points when Scott Lambert capped his best performance of the season with a clever improvised header from another long Tim Weatherill ball.

In the remaining match, Spennithorne beat Catterick Garrison 1-0, with Jake Gamble-Schofield scoring the only goal of the game.

 

Results

Askrigg 3-2 Reeth

Leyburn 1-3 Carperby

Spennithorne 1-0 Catterick Garrison

Unicorn 6-5 Hawes

 

Fixtures

Catterick v Carperby

Hawes v Askrigg

Leyburn v Unicorn

Richmond Town Academy v Reeth