Unicorn beat Richmond Mavericks to stay in title race

The race for the league title continues to ebb and flow with last year’s champions being beaten for a second time this season on Saturday.

Unicorn have come second three times since they won the league back in 2012/13.

After beating Richmond Mavericks 5-1 on Saturday, they will have high hopes of taking the title once again this year.

It didn’t start well for the Newbiggin pub team however, with Mavs a goal up after just a minute.

Poor defending from a set piece left two men free at the back post, with James Kelly heading Mavs into the lead.

Unicorn, however seem to be a different beast this season, showing more steel, and went on to dominate despite the early setback.

Liam Reeves was unlucky not to equalise within five minutes, as his right footed shot hit inside of the post and rolled favourably along the goal line.

Shayne Ketley then headed wide from a corner minutes later and it began to look like one of those afternoons.

Unicorn’s patience paid off however, and on 24 minutes they grabbed an equaliser when Reeves who was at his pesting best all game, gambled on a misjudged Johnson header and nodded the ball over the advancing Lansdell in goal.

Six minutes later Unicorn grabbed the lead when a good cross from Rory Atkinson was headed home by Reeves.

Charlie Allis clipped in a textbook corner that was headed home by veteran defender Carl Handley, one of several men who payed in the title-winning team back in 2013.

The referee waved away appeals for a foul on the keeper by furious Mavericks players, with Brandon Gredziak being sent to the sin bin.

In the second half, Lansdell pulled off an impressive block, only to see Crowther reacted to react quickest and nail the ball home.

The fifth came in the final minute of the game, and it really was a case of saving the best until last.

After another free flowing Unicorn attack resulted in a corner. Allis seized the ball ready to take the set piece.

Standing over it like a badly-aged David Beckham, he proceeded to swazz the ball directly into the far top corner.

Despite Unicorn’s win, Catterick Garrison remained top however after an 8-0 demolition of Reeth.

Luke McCormack scored a double hat-trick, while Jez Mortimer got a couple.

In one of two Wensleydale derbies which took place on Saturday, Hawes and Leyburn both struggled to create chances in the first half.

Hawes were on top for the first 20 minutes in the second half, but were unable to get the ball in the back of the net and  Leyburn went 1-0 up from a corner in the 69th minute through Stephen Moffit.

Leyburn then went 2-0 up with what the Upper Dales team though was a soft penalty for handball.

Third choice keeper Shaun Peacock saved brilliantly from Lee Davison, but it had to be retaken because one of Hawes’ players ran into the penalty area before the ball was struck.

Davison then got a second, before Matt Guy scrambled one back in in jury time.

The game between Carperby and Spennithorne finished 1-1 with Adam Spence scoring for Carperby.

Results

Carperby 1-1 Spennithorne

Catterick Garrison 8-0 Reeth

Leyburn 3-1 Hawes

Unicorn 5-1 Richmond Mavericks

Fixtures

Carperby v Richmond Mavericks

Leyburn v Spennithorne

Richmond Town Reserves v Colburn

Unicorn v Catterick Garrison