3:10pm Friday 29th November 2013
RICHMOND Town returned to league action last Saturday with a comfortable win at bottom- of-the-table Coxhoe Athletic.
The Dalesmen started sluggishly and it was Coxhoe who looked the more likely to score early on, though the Richmond back three of Jason Newall, Sean Radford and Ben Palmer stuck doggedly to their task.
When Richmond broke the deadlock on 40 minutes, it was their first real effort on goal.
Richard Thompson received the ball 20 yards out, took one touch, turned and unleashed a low strike which crept in at the near post.
Richmond doubled their lead shortly after the break, with free-kick specialist Kalumn Holbrook on target from 30 yards out, with a shot which dipped into the bottom corner.
The home team responded well, though. Their long ball strategy paid off when midfielder Shaun Ryder picked up the ball just outside the area and released a shot which took a deflection, leaving Richmond ‘keeper Adam Cunningham rooted to the spot.
This was Coxhoe’s best period of the game, dominating possession as they looked to equalise. Richmond resisted the pressure, though, and Cunningham was never really tested again.
Richmond restored their two goal advantage after right-winger Gary Shardha was fouled in the box. Holbrook stepped up to bury the penalty. And from then on, Town looked comfortable, returning to their usual tight passing game. After Coxhoe substitute Brad Cane was shown the red card, the home side’s efforts fizzled out.
Richmond substitute Josh Lincoln wrapped the game up on 75 minutes with a superb left foot strike after a through ball from Holbrook. And Thompson nearly got his second on 85 minutes after beating the Coxhoe defender and playing a one-two with Holbrook, but he fired wide.
Unbeaten now in nine games, Richmond take a winning streak of five into this weekend’s Monkwearmouth Cup femi-final at home to table-topping Ryhope CW.
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