Unicorn maintained their perfect start to the season with a 3-1 win over Carperby on Saturday in the Scotts for Storage Wensleydale League.
But the Richmond team were made to work hard for the three points.
The game was 0-0 at half time with both defences playing well.
Carperby started the second half strongly and had an early penalty shout, but the ref decided Nigel Cole’s challenge on Sam Lambert was legal.
As the game wore on Unicorn appeared to be tiring and Carperby had two clear cut chances at the back post but failed to convert either.
Moments later Unicorn punished them when Connor Dagnall broke through to finish well.
This gave Unicorn a lift and they then took control of the game, with their experience showing.
Dagnall went through for a second despite Carperby’s shouts for offside.
The striker then completed his hat-trick with a good finish from the edge of the area.
Carperby got a consolation when young substitute Charlie Lancaster broke clear. His initial shot was saved but he followed in to chest the ball home for his first league goal.
Richmond Mavericks suffered a rare defeat when they were beaten 3-2 away at Hawes.
Daniel Richardson put Hawes ahead, before a goal from Sam Pickersgill for Mavs levelled the game.
Mavs scored again before half-time, but late goals from Tom Calvert and Luke Wilkinson gave the Wensleydale team the points.
Richmond Town Reserves put five past Reeth without reply, with Harry Beresford getting a brace.
In the final game, Catterick Garrison and Spennithorne played out a 3-3 draw.
Former Darlington RA player Damon Reaks scored a hat-trick for Spenni.
Carperby 1-3 Unicorn
Catterick Garrison 3-3 Spennithorne
Hawes 3-2 Richmond Mavericks
Reeth 0-5 Richmond Town Reserves
Carperby v Richmond Town Reserves
Richmond Mavericks v Reeth
Unicorn v Hawes
Spennithorne v Catterick Garrison