Unicorn hang on to beat Leyburn and close grip on title

A narrow win over Leyburn means Unicorn need just six points to clinch their fourth league title in a row.

Shayne Ketley opened the scoring on 35 minutes dinking over the Leyburn keeper after latching on to the end of a Bailey Proudlock through ball.

Proudlock made it 2-0 just before the break, smashing home in off the bar, following a cut back from Ketley.

Leyburn felt aggrieved to be 2-0 down at the break and came out confidently in the second half, creating a number of chances.

Jack Crook missed a glorious chance to pull a goal back after he beat three players then shot wide.

Riley Girgan finally netted for the home side with five minutes to play, making for a tense final few minutes.

But Unicorn hung on to take all three points back to Richmond.

Elsewhere, Carperby came out on top in the end in blustery conditions away at Catterick Garrison.

Catterick had the advantage of the wind behind them in the first half and twice came close to scoring from corners with Carperby’s James Dent clearing off the line on both occasions.

The away team came closest to breaking the deadlock when Michael Dent hit the bar from the edge of the area, but it was still goalless at half time.

Carperby started the second half the better team and got their breakthrough when Scott Lambert’s in swinging corner was headed into his own net by the Catterick defender.

They got two in front when Michael Dent flicked on a Paul Stephenson free-kick for Matty Bradley to score from close range.

The third came when Sam Lambert controlled a Ben Metcalfe through ball before firing into the bottom corner.

Michael Dent completed the scoring when Lambert laid it off to the Carperby playmaker and he curled a superb effort over the keeper into the roof of the net.
Carperby then saw out the game to clinch another valuable three points on the road.

In the Upper Dales derby, Hawes came away with bragging rights, beating Askrigg 4-1.

Hawes went a goal on 15 minutes through a good finish from Tommy Calvert

Calvert scored a second from a Dan Richardson pull back minutes later, before Askrigg pulled a goal back through George Cockerill.

After the break, Calvert got his hat-trick from the penalty spot on 55 minutes after Charlie Lancaster was pulled down in the box, with Kory Spink making it 4-1 with a tap in.

Reeth got their third win of the season with a 3-0 victory over Richmond Town Academy.

Two goals from Mark Mackellar and one from Nathan Bailey secured the points for the Dales team.

In the Dales Cup, Spennithorne were beaten by Richmond Town Reserves 6-2 at home.

Tom Carnegie-Brown bagged a hat-trick while Mark Sims scored two for the former Wensleydale League side now playing in the second tier of the Nort Riding League.

George Shaw and Lee Thompson netted for Spenni.

 

 

Results

League

Catterick Garrison 0-4 Carperby

Hawes 4-1 Askrigg

Leyburn 1-2 Unicorn

Richmond Town Academy 0-3 Reeth

Dales Cup

Spennithorne 2-6 Richmond Town Reserves

 

Fixtures

League

Spennithorne v Richmond Town Academy

Dales Cup

Askrigg v Carperby

Bedale AFC v Hawes

Leyburn v Unicorn

Richmond Town Reserves v Reeth