3:55pm Friday 27th September 2013
DEFENDING champions Unicorn FC are back on top of the table following a 5-0 home win over Reeth last Saturday.
Carl Handley and Liam Waller put Unicorn ahead inside ten minutes but that was the way it remained until two minutes into the second half, when Niall Spink added a third. Gary Nicholson made it 4-0, before Matthew Thomas completed the scoring in the closing stages.
Spennithorne and Harmby are the only other club with a 100 per cent record after they beat a young Richmond Town Academy side 3-1. A goal from Spenni’s Barry Harker was all that separated the sides at the break, but James Stanger and Joe Dickens sealed the points in the second half. Graeme Love scored the Academy consolation late on.
Richmond Mavericks Reserves dropped their first points of the season after being held to a 2-2 draw at Richmond Buck Inn. Mark Sims hit the bar for the Mavericks in the first half but Stu Fotheringham gave the Buck a narrow half-time advantage.
The Mavs should have been level midway through the second period when they were awarded a penalty but Buck goalkeeper Mark Briggs saved Scott Fenney’s spot kick. However, Sims did equalise soon after, although Mark Swanwick looked to have won a hard-fought derby when he restored the Buck’s lead ten minutes from time. But in the final seconds, Mickey Sartini rescued a point for the visitors when he struck from 30 yards.
Hawes United maintained their good start with a 4-3 home win over Colburn Town, who are surprisingly struggling at the wrong end of the table.
Despite going ahead early on when Lloyd Iveson scored from the spot after Ashley Iveson had been fouled, Hawes found themselves 3-1 down after an hour as Tom Sweeney (2) and Michal Szwak struck for Colburn. But Jonathon Champion set up a grandstand finale with a goal ten minutes from time before Wilf Dinsdale equalised five minutes later. The stage was then set for Champion to win in stoppage time, converting a Dinsdale cross with virtually the last kick of the match.
Carperby Rovers saw their good start to the season blown away by a second-half onslaught at Catterick Garrison Football Centre. After a goalless first half, Damian Hargreaves, Michael Birdsall and Liam Walker won it for the Garrison after the break to send Rovers to their first defeat.
Catterick Rovers picked up their first win with a 2-1 home success against Askrigg United.
Gary Cockerill gave United an early lead but first-half goals from Lee Fyffe and Nathan Morris gave Rovers all three points.
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