A third defeat of the season for Catterick Garrison meant their position at the top of the Scotts for Storage Wensleydale League looked a little less secure by Saturday evening.
Last season’s winners Unicorn beat the leaders 5-2 to go within seven points of the leaders with three games in hand.
Catterick started well but found themselves behind after Liam Reeves gambled on a long clearance from Unicorn keeper David Mutch and finished well.
Two more from Reeves before the break gave the forward his hat-trick and the Richmond team a commanding lead.
A superb run and some questionable defending from Catterick allowed Adam Lambert to score Unicorn’s fourth
James Moohan then nodded home a fifth when he was left unmarked on a corner.
As the game headed into the last 20 minutes, Catterick finally got on the scoresheet through a sliding Jez Mortimer finish at the back post after a Craig Teasdale cross was only partially dealt with.
Catterick grabbed another when Gavin Rudd scored a diving header from Matty Leaf’s corner!
Hawes remained in the race with a 4-o win away at Spennithorne.
The visitors wasted several good chances in the first half take the lead but the scores were level at half-time.
Hawes were knocking on the door soon after the break, but it took until the 61st minute for the deadlock to be broken when Dan Richardson finished well.
Luke Wilkinson then scored against his old club before Kory Spink finished a good move to make it 3-0.
With the final whistle approaching Ben Fawcett went on a darting run down to set up Jordan Iveson to make it four.
Elsewhere, Askrigg recorded their second win of the season beating Reeth 3-0.
Youngster Charlie Lancaster was the hero of the day with a hat-trick including one from the penalty spot.
The Richmond derby between Town Reserves and Mavericks finished 1-1, Scott Ryan scoring for Town and Reuben Bainbridge equalising for Mavs.
Results – 25.2.23
Askrigg 3-0 Reeth
Catterick Garrison 2-5 Unicorn
Richmond Mavericks 1-1 Richmond Town Reserves
Spennithorne 0-4 Hawes
Fixtures – 4.3.23
Askrigg v Richmond Town Reserves
Carperby v Richmond Mavericks
Spennithorne v Catterick Garrison
Unicorn v Reeth