Unicorn go top with win over Spennithorne

Serial underachieves and self-confessed long-ball specialists Unicorn are top of the league. Could this be their season?

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Probably not, but they did beat Spennithorne and Harmby 5-1 on Saturday.

It didn’t take long for Unicorn to get into their stride as a hump up field found Sims, who dribbled across the box before kicking the ball in the general direction of the goal.

The keeper palmed it away only for Shaun ‘Crouchy’ Charlton to fall into the ball and bundle it home.

It was 2-0 on 13 minutes when another punt up field from Mutch fooled the defender.

Sims raced onto the ball and dived like Neymar for a pen.

Sims stepped up and dispatched low to the keeper’s left.

Half time came and Unicorn were in control, with Pulis-ball proving too much for the young Spenni side to handle.

The second half started slowly, with either side seeming flat. However on 66 minutes the Stoke City of the cheese league attempted to play football, rather than hoof ball.

Paul Brown dinked a lovely ball over the defence, Sims beat the offside trap, sat the keeper down and finished bottom corner.

Spennithorne grabbed a consolation, Chris Metcalfe heading in for Spenni from a ball whipped in by Antony Beales.

Unicorn weren’t done there though and grabbed two quick fire goals.

The introduction of Mitchell Brothers, Hines and Anderson added a new dimension to Unicorn’s attack, with their movement and physical presence, soon paying dividends.

Sims collected the ball from Hines, the hairless whisper, before nutmegging his man and then being brought down for another penalty.

Sims stepped up and converted his third spot kick in two games.

Moments later another long ball from Marshall luckily made its way to Sims, who rounded the keeper and finished the scoring.

Carperby got the better of Hawes in the first half of their Dales derby game.

Paul Stephenson rolled back the years to run the show for a fifteen minute period, dictating the play and passing through the lines.

But it was that other by now old chugger, John Pickard, who put Carperby in front. He won a free kick after being chopped down by Tom Wallis.

Pickard looked too winded to take the kick himself, but he recovered his composure to clip it sweetly into the roof of the net from a distance out.

Hawes were quiet at half time, leaving the talking to the pitch.

In the second half they began to pass it about, with Jonny Guy barking orders and pulling the strings.

Hawes took the lead when Lloyd Iveson slipped his man and ran in to cross for Jordan Iveson to score.

Tommy Calvert volleyed in the second after a good cross from Sam Iveson.

The notoriously boggy Hawes pitch was said to be looking and playing better than ever before.

There was a spring in the turf that the Hawes centre backs began to exploit at corners.

Brett Calvert put two thumping headers at the keeper or the man on the line, before Daniel Richardson nodded one in to make it 3-1.

Mavs started the brightest in their tangerine kits against Buck Inn.

They went one up when the Buck failed to clear their lines and allowed Richie Bastow an opening, which he made no mistake from, firing the ball high to keeper Liam Ryan’s left.

This led to a break in play as the net had to be re-taped and gave the Buck chance to re-focus.

Buck played their way into the match and after 20 minutes began to find feet with simple but effective passing.

Liam Ryan was by far the busier keeper; however Buck were creating chances of their own and a good move led to Dave Addison scuffing his shot wide.

Buck were level when Josh Wooff was pushed in the back/leaned on at a corner, much to the frustration of the home side, however referees are more willing to give them these days.

Luke Pearson stepped up and rolled the ball to the keeper’s left.

Mavs soon had a penalty of their own for holding in the area, slightly more obvious than the first one, but the ball was smashed against the bar from Ian Smurthwaite.

In the second half Buck were deflated when former player Ryan Howe scored a glancing header from an O’Connor throw in.

But they made a spirited effort to get back into the game and fresh young legs of Rob Fotheringham and Jacob Tate got them on the front foot.

Darren Smith made a terrific run into the box and forced a superb double save from Mavs keeper Steven Reed.

After Nathan O’Connor made it 3-1 after receiving a pass from Smurthwaite, Buck legs, and heads seemed to wilt and Mavs turned on the style.

One particular move from back to front led to a goal that Buck didn’t get close to stopping and was perhaps a contender for team goal of the season.

Chris Greig played in Pritchard who controlled the ball and scored with a low right foot shot to make it 4-1.

Greig then turned provider with great play on the right and a fires a fine cross for O’Connor to head in.

A fair result, if not a slightly flattering score line.

Richmond Academy and Leyburn faced off on a lovely Easby pitch that suited the home side’s passing game.

Academy started the brighter and created three good chances with Ben Ruddick bombing down the left wing but each time dragging his shot wide.

The young wingers game came to an unfortunate end on 11 minutes when he dislocated his knee and became the side’s second player to spend an afternoon in A&E in the last two weeks.

Matty Turnbull replaced Ruddick and put in a man of the match performance with a Xavi like performance in the holding role.

Richmond had the better of the first period but failed to take advantage and it remained goalless at half time.

Academy took the lead on 55 minutes when Brandon Gredziak ran through a coolly finished past the keeper.

The lead was short lived as George Handley equalised two minutes later with a header from a corner.

Catterick travelled to Reeth on a gloomy September afternoon. From the first minute the visitors were in the ascendancy passing with speed and intent.

It was the ninth minute before that dominance was capitalised upon. Scott Turner rose well at the back post to head home a Jez Mortimer corner.

Twenty minutes in Turner doubled his and Catterick’s tally when he was put through one vs one with the Reeth keeper. There was a calm confidence as he slid the ball wide of the stopper for 2-0.

Catterick pushed for more but mostly enjoyed playing and spraying the ball with dominance of possession, and went in with a deserved lead at the break.

More of the same to start the second half, however Reeth broke clear on a rare counter.

As Scott Alderson tore down the Reeth left flank he looked into the middle and crashed a shot in off the far post.

It was only minutes later that the Catterick new boy Turner claimed his hat-trick, smashing home from 12 yards after great work from Damian Hargreaves

Moments later Hargreaves was on hand to fling himself at an excellent cross from Mortimer for a Catterick fourth.

After a period of re-adjustment as Lee Mckenny tinkered making a triple change, it seemed to slow the progress momentarily.

However, when Liam Walker moved into midfield from full back, he was to be involved in the next four goals, making a threatening run into the box before leaving it to Neil Jenks Wright to smash home.

Walker then added a nine-minute hat trick of his own to add the sixth, seventh and eighth goals.

Wright wrapped up proceedings in style when he collected from the excellent Mortimer. He then held off three defenders before firing home.


Hawes 3-1 Carperby

Reeth 1-9 Catterick Garrison

Richmond Mavericks 5-1 Richmond Buck Inn

Richmond Town 1-1 Leyburn Town

Spennithorne and Harmby 1-5 Unicorn


Fixtures – 22.9.18

Carperby v Unicorn

Reeth v Leyburn

Richmond Buck v Catterick Garrison

Richmond Mavericks v Hawes United

Richmond Town Academy v Colburn Town