Unicorn win fourth consecutive league title

Unicorn celebrate winning the Scotts for Storage Wensleydale League. Photo: Paul Ramsay.

Unicorn clinched their fourth consecutive Scotts for Storage Wensleydale League title in dramatic fashion with a last-minute goal on Saturday which earned the Richmond team the point they needed.

The first half of their game against Carperby was an even affair with both teams having chances but neither converting.

Carperby started the second half as they’d finished the first, keeping the ball with some good passing moves, and got themselves in front after good work down the right.

The ball came to Paul Stephenson who took a few touches before passing the ball to Michael Dent who finished superbly first-time.

Carperby kept playing well and looked like they’d clinched the victory which meant Unicorn had to wait to seal the title, when Scott Lambert flicked it on for Matty Bradley, who ran through before squaring for Sam Lambert to score his 29th goal of the season.

However, this Unicorn team are champions as they are never beaten, with Luke Hamilton heading home an injury-time cross from Tom Keegan.

Then, with almost the last kick of the game, Bailey Proudlock backheeled the ball through to Tom Sweeney, who finished into the bottom corner.

Carperby took out their frustration at letting the lead slip by thrashing Reeth 9-0 on Wednesday night.

The Wensleydale side were on top all the first half but missed a number of chances before Tom Barley finally gave them the league just before halftime.

They then started the second half fast, with Barley soon getting his second, before Sam Lambert got his first of the night.

Barley then completed his hat-trick when Lambert unselfishly squared to him when through on goal.

Matty Bradley then chested in a sixth for Carperby, before Scott Lambert finished well to make it seven. His brother Sam then completed his hat-trick to make it eight, before Aidan Simpson completed the scoring with a well-taken free kick.

Reeth were also beaten on Saturday, with Leyburn coming away with a 4-0 victory.

Leyburn took the lead after 30 minutes when a Will Hewson spot kick was saved, only for Olly Scott to pounce on the rebound and slot home.

Aidy Leahy got a second five minutes later, with young centre-back Kieran Hawes heading in a third before the break.

The scoring was completed with 15 minutes to go when Leahy grabbed his second.

On Wednesday night, Leyburn beat local rivals Spennithorne and Harmby by the same score.

A good-sized crowd watched the game with Ferrand Park at Harmby in good condition despite the rain.

Spenni started well pumping the ball up and getting crosses in that testing the Leyburn defence.

James Stanger should have scored for Spennu when he found himself free at the back post, however his header missed the target.

The miss was punished on 40 minutes when winger Riley Girgan fired home.

Leyburn began to control the game after the break and were soon 2-0 up when captain Ben Parlour unleashed a 25-yard rocket that beat Spenni keeper Kieran Hare.

Girgan made it three on 60 minutes and was then felled by Spenni’s Adam Lane from behind which resulted in a red card for the youngster.

A sinbin meant Spenni were down to nine for the final minutes, with Leyburn taking advantage when they scored a fourth with five minutes to go through an own goal.

In the week’s only other game, Askrigg recorded their third win of the campaign with a 2-0 victory over Richmond Town Academy.

George Cockerill and Richard Sunter were the scorers for the Dales team.

Results – all league

24.4.24

Reeth 0-9 Carperby

Spennithorne 0-4 Leyburn

20.4.24

Reeth 0-4 Leyburn
Richmond Town Academy 0-2 Askrigg

Unicorn 2-2 Carperby

 

Fixtures

27.4.24

Catterick Garrison v Unicorn

Richmond Town Academy v Hawes

Carperby v Leyburn (Dales Cup)

1.5.24

Carperby v Askrigg

Hawes v Spennithorne

Reeth v Leyburn

Hawes v Spennithorne