Unicorn beat Richmond Mavericks to draw level on points

A win at the Dave Clark Arena saw Unicorn drawn level on points with the home side Richmond Mavericks in the Scotts4Storage Wensleydale League.

Mavs dominated the first 20 minutes, with James Kelly having several chances which were stopped by the Unicorn back line.

Kelly looked certain to score at one point only to be blocked with a last ditch Carl Handley hook tackle.

James Kelly’s brother Owen also had two decent chances, with his shots flying narrowly wide.

Unicorn rode this early storm and slowly grew into the game.

The visitors broke the deadlock with almost their first attack of the game when debutant Dan Gardner finding the bottom corner with a wonder strike from 25 yards.

After the break Unicorn began to dominate.

Liam Reeves had a couple of good one-on-ones to extend lead, but was denied.

However, shortly afterwards he managed to get on end of a great Harris MacFarlane cross, smashing the ball back cross goal to make it 2-0.

Unicorn’s third came when Gardner shifted the ball out wide. Reeves made a yard of space and crossed to Murray, who guided it onto bottom corner with the outside of his boot.

With ten minutes to go Mavericks threw caution to wind and scored two consolation efforts, but the result was never in doubt as there second was the last kick of game.

In another local derby, Carperby ran out winners in a competitive tie with Spennithorne and Harmby.

Carperby started well and took the lead in the first half when Scott Lambert’s cross come shot was headed in at the far post by Scott Alderson

Carperby had a number of other chances before half-time but couldn’t increase their lead.

Having been a goal up and losing 2-1 on four previous occasions this season, Carperby were disappointed to concede an equaliser early in the second half when a freekick was swung in from the left which found Spenni’s Kalem Stanger unmarked to head home.

Carperby could have easily let their heads drop, but reacted really well by getting themselves back in front a few minutes later.

Jimmy Spence picked the ball up on the right before cutting inside to curl a superb effort into the top corner from the edge of the area.

The game continued to be tight with Carperby having the better of the clear cut chances, before they made the points safe when Ben Metcalfe got on the end of a Scott Lambert corner to squeeze the ball home.

The only other fixture, Richmond Town Reserves against Catterick Garrison, was postponed.

Results

Richmond Mavericks 2-3 Unicorn

Richmond Town Reserves P-P Catterick Garrison

Spennithorne 1-3 Carperby

Fixtures

League

Catterick Garrison v Spennithorne

Medals Shield

Reeth v Richmond Town Reserves

Richmond Mavericks v Hawes

Unicorn v Carperby