SECOND half goals from Kalumn Holbrook and top scorer Ben Darville were enough to secure the three points in what was a hard earned victory over a much improved Windscale team that had conceded nine on their last visit to Earls Orchard towards the end of last season.

Traffic problems on the A66 meant a late arrival for the team from Cumbria who were a constant threat with counter attacking football throughout a frustrating first half in which Richmond struggled to get any control of. Their passing constantly letting them down when they got in and around Windscale's penalty box. Scott Ryan and Darville went close with long range shots, before the two combined, however goalkeeper Ian Studholme kept out Darville's strike. The Windscale stopper also kept out Sam Bainbridge's shot from the edge of the box, diving low to his left to push the ball out for a corner. Ben Graham had earlier gone close for the visitors with a header that went just wide when really he should have scored and a Zac Little shot from the right went across Mark Walker's goal and wide of the far post.

Jonathan Kellett's team talk during the break seemed to have some affect as Richmond improved in the second period and were ahead after an hour. Holbrook making no mistake after his run into the box left him unmarked. Adam Walker went close after his pace proved too much for Windscale's defenders. His run took him into the penalty area but fired over the bar. With the game still in the balance, their were nervy moments for Richmond when Laurie Black fired over and a clever flick of the ball by Lewis Jolly brought a save out of Walker. The points were sealed, much to the relief of Kellett and the Richmond crowd with five minutes left to play when Darville powered a shot into the far corner of Studholmes net, his thirteenth goal of the season. In the closing minutes of the game Richmond's Lewis Cocks, back in the team as a second half substitute following a knee injury made a terrific pass for fellow sub and debutant James Kelly who shot went wide of the target.

After the match Kellett was delighted to see his team come away with a win that takes them up to fifth place in the league." It was far from our best performance but the lads showed character today. They were made to work for the points by a good team."

Richmond are in North Riding County Cup action this Saturday when they make the journey to North Riding League side BEADS.Kick Off is at 2pm.