Unicorn go top despite draw with Colburn

The race for the league title remains tight with four teams still in the contest.

Unicorn took advantage of Catterick Garrison having a cup game to go back to the top.

They were made to fight hard for their point against Colburn however, who are also still in the hunt.

Unicorn started brightly and on six minutes a Charlie Allis free-kick was volleyed goal bound by Tom Keegan, only to bounce agonisingly off the post. Sean Radford, however, was on hand to prod home the rebound.

Colburn had chance to equalise when a shot hit Allis’s hand and a penalty was awarded, but Brandon Bishop skewed his shot wide.

Colburn’s captain, Nigel Cole, then went down injured, but was able to carry on

This break in play seemed to dent Unicorn’s flow and just before the break Cole headed home after Colburn were awarded. Unicorn claimed their centre back Carl Handley had been pushed but the goal stood.

With the weather and pitch deteriorating, the standard of football on show in the second half was not one for the neutral.

Unicorn did however manage to create a number of chances, with Liam Reeves being put through on goal three times, but failing to score. Unicorn also had a penalty appeal for handball waived away, despite the ball appearing to hit Luke Hamilton’s arm.

With the game fizzling out, Stuart Brown sent a free-kick towards the Colburn box, which was scrambled to the edge of the area, where Shayne Ketley sent a high and looping ball over the keeper to make it 2-1 with three minutes left.

There was still time however for Colburn to equalise. Craig Teasdale delivered a searching cross which was cleared as far as Cole. He headed it goalwards and Stuart Murray was on the line to prod it home. Unicorn claimed Handley had again been hauled to the ground in the build-up but the goal stood.

Richmond Mavericks are also still in the hunt, despite a couple of disappointing results recently.

On Saturday, they beat Richmond Town reserves 4-2.

Mavs’ goals came from Javan Asimba, Sam Pickersgill, Bradley Galloway and Ryan Howe.

Town’s goals came from Mark Swanwick and a penalty from Edward Lewington.

Mavs had also had a goal disallowed because a Town defender had moved the goal.

Elsewhere in the league, Carperby got their first win of the season, beating Reeth 4-1.

Carperby’s early pressure was rewarded when Scott Lambert’s long range strike was spilt into the net by the home keeper.

However, Reeth equalised soon after against the run of play when Andrew Fenwick scored from a corner.

Carperby then went back in front when Andrew Reynolds’ sweet strike from 30 yards flew into the top corner.

Scott Lambert got a second when he struck a great free-kick into the top corner from a similar position as Reynolds’goal

In the second half, Dave Fullerton completed the scoring when he forced the ball home when Reeth failed to clear a Carperby corner.

In the Dales Cup, Catterick Garrison eased through to the quarter finals with a 7-2 win over Spennithorne.

Jez Mortimer got four, while Neil Wright, Liam Walker, and Douglas Carson got a goal apiece.

Spenni’s goals came from David Burnside and James Smith.

Hawes needed penalties to get past Leyburn after their game finished 2-2 after extra time.

Results

League

Carperby 4-1 Reeth

Richmond Town Reserves 2-4 Richmond Mavericks

Unicorn 2-2 Colburn

Dales Cup

Catterick Garrison 7-2 Spennithorne

Hawes 2-2 Leyburn (Pens 5-3)

Fixtures – 15.2.20

Colburn v Richmond Mavericks

Reeth v Richmond Town Reserves

Richmond Buck Inn v Catterick Garrison

Unicorn v Leyburn