Unicorn on brink of fourth title

Unicorn are on the brink of a fourth consecutive Scotts for Storage Wensleydale League title, with just a point needed from their final two games.

A draw between title rivals between Carperby and Hawes all but handed the Newbiggin pub team the title on Saturday.

Both teams had some good early play and it was Hawes who took the lead when a corner was headed down towards the far post and Richardson was there to divert the ball in from close range.

Carperby had a couple of chances when they got men over but couldn’t find the right pass to get the equaliser until Tom Barley was sent in behind and his clever back-heel was executed perfectly for the ball to fall to Scott Lambert who fired the ball goalwards, and a small deflection ensured the ball went past Jim Guy high into the net.

The second half continued much the same as the first with some reasonable chances for both sides, but it was the away team who again got in front when Charlie Lancaster found himself free at the far post and fired home from close range.

Carperby got level quickly though when Scott Lambert’s free-kick was cleverly finished by Michael Dent.

Both teams had a big chance late on; first Lancaster again found himself free at the far post but John Pickard saved, then Scott Lambert had a chance late on but the angle was slightly against him as he couldn’t quite wrap his foot around it enough to get his shot on target.

Unicorn got the win they needed against Richmond Town Academy but were made to work hard for the points.

Unicorn started well, knocking the ball around and playing good football, but also made good use of their long-ball game.

They went 1-0 up when Liam Reeves floated a corner in that was headed home by Joe Lamb.

Town then deservedly got level just before the break with a well-taken goal, after a mistake by Unicorn keeper David Mutch.

A few stern words at half-time got Unicorn going with Carl Handley getting on the ball more and Rory Atkinson offering a threat out wide.
It was these two that combined well and allowed Bailey Proudlock to cross for Reeves to score.

Elsewhere on Saturday, two goals from Jack Procter and one from Jordan Scragg were enough to see off Catterick Garrison, whose season has gone downhill after a promising start.

Spennithorne, who are finishing the season at a canter, also enjoyed a good win, beating Askrigg 6-2.

On Wednesday, Hawes ensured Unicorn were not handed the title without playing by beating Leyburn 3-1 in a close game played at Middleham.

Leyburn were on top in the first half going down the hill with the sun in the Hawes keepers’ eyes, with Will Hewson scoring from the spot after 40 minutes.

Hawes came out fired up after the break and were soon level through Sam Iveson with a finish at the back post.

The visitors got their second with a close-range finish from Macauley Acton, before making sure of the win through a Luke Wilkinson wonder goal from 30 yards.

Carperby played some great one-touch football in the first half but couldn’t get in front.

Both sides started the second half well and Carperby nearly took the lead when Michael Dent’s long-distance lob hit the crossbar.

Spenni got the first goal however when they nicked the ball off the Carperby keeper John Pickard when he was gathering the ball.

Carperby soon got level when Ben Metcalfe played it into Scott Lambert who struck the ball well and Kieran Hare in goal couldn’t keep it out at his near post.

Carperby then got the chance to take the lead when Lee Thompson brought down Sam Lambert just inside the area, and the striker picked himself up to take the penalty, but Hare saved well down to his left.

Reeth recorded a second win in a week with a 4-2 win over Askrigg, while Catterick Garrison pummelled Richmond Town Academy 8-0.

 

Results

14.4.24

Carperby 2-2 Hawes

Reeth 3-2 Catterick Garrison

Richmond Town Academy 1-2 Unicorn

Spennithorne 6-2 Askrigg

17.4.24

Catterick Garrison 8-0 Richmond Town Academy

Leyburn 1-3 Hawes

Reeth 4-2 Askrigg

Spennithorne 1-1 Carperby

Fixtures

All league

20.4.24

Reeth v Leyburn

Richmond Town Academy v Askrigg

Unicorn v Carperby

24.4.24

Reeth v Carperby

Spennithorne V Leyburn