Unicorn and Mavs both win to keep title contest alive

The race for the league title remains a contest following wins for both contenders Richmond Mavericks and Unicorn.

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For the Newbiggin pub side, two first half goals from Mark Sims and two in the second period from Shaun Charlton and Tom Keegan were enough to overcome Catterick Garrison, whose season continues to splutter.

Elsewhere, Mavs bounced back from last week’s cup defeat to Leyburn with a 6-1 win away at Spennithorne and Harmby.

There was two goals for Andrew Pritchard, with the others coming from Richie Bastow, Daniel Deeney, Owen Kelly and an own goal.

David Hickin got Spenni’s goal.

In-form Leyburn went 1-0 down to a Matty Guy goal in their games against Hawes, but bounced back to win 6-1.

Callum Rankine got a hat-trick, while second half sub Luke Wilkinson got two. George Shaw also got on the scoresheet.

Colburn faced Buck Inn on Saturday. Colburn got off to a good start, Connor Weatherbed putting them ahead after good work from Shane Parkinson.

However, that was the only excitement of an otherwise totally forgettable first 45. At half time, Hammy Hamilton tinkered with the formation, and although the personnel was the same, a completely revitalised Colburn zipped out for the second half.

A seven minute hat-trick from Brandon Bishop blew Buck away, his first coming from an Ashley McInerney corner, his second and third courtesy of assists from Tom Sweeney and Joe Worrall.

Colburn then swapped Weatherbed for Bobby Elliott. A Woodall effort, which the home side thought had crossed the line was disallowed

! But then Sweeney decided to help himself to a couple of goals. First from a ball from Rory Wallace, then a second after more good work from Parkinson (who managed to keep his dummy in his pocket this week).

Colburn won convincingly and can look forward confidently to the rest of the season, with players returning from injuries and other commitments.

Academy and Reeth played out a goalless draw at Catterick Village which extended Reeth’s unbeaten run against the home side.

The closest either team came to scoring was a goal kick from Reeth keeper Matty Short that deceived Tom Spensley and bounced just over the bar.


Colburn 6-0 Richmond Buck

Leyburn 6-1 Hawes

Richmond Town Academy 0-0 Reeth

Spennithorne 1-6 Richmond Mavericks

Unicorn 4-1 Catterick Garrison

Fixtures – 2/3/19

Catterick Garrison v Colbun

Hawes v Unicorn

Richmond Buck v Spennithorne

Richmond Town Academy v Richmond Mavericks