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Riccall United edge to premier division safety
10:07am Monday 7th May 2012 in Sport
RICCALL United staved off the threat of relegation from the York Minster Engineering Football League premier division with a 4-3 home win over York RI.
The hosts were never behind in the game and their marksmen were Pete Minto, Michael Braithwaite, Tom Littlewood and Josh Dinsley.
Josh Coulson, Carl Shepherd and Mark Powell were on target for the visitors. A last-minute own goal denied Keystones all three points at Nestlé as the sides drew 3-3.
However, the point should be enough to keep Keystones in the top flight next season, with Wilberfoss heading for the drop.
Nestlé, without a win in four games, led 2-0 at the break but Keystones rallied with goals from Jamie Richardson – his 15th of the season – Josh Umpleby and an own goal to lead 3-2.
In the final minute, a Keystones defender put through his own net.
The final game of the season sees Keystones visit York RI tomorrow night. They will survive, providing they do not lose by more than eight goals. Dunnington recorded a third successive draw as they wrapped up their season with a 4-4 draw at Copmanthorpe to confirm third place in the table. Cop’s scorers were Tom Settle, Ben Shehan, Danny Leach and Mark Featherstone.
The only prize unclaimed is the reserve ‘A’ crown but defending champions Dunnington need only a draw against Keystones tomorrow to make it back-to-back titles.
They moved to the brink with a 6-3 win at already-relegated Easingwold.
The hosts’ scorers were Andrew Metcalfe (2) and Gary Raper, while Dunnington’s goal-getters were Jake Hall, Rob Chipps (2), Olly Ellwood (2) and Tom Wheatlands. Strensall were overwhelmed 9-0 by Wigginton in the final of the Reserve Cup.
Danny Lamb opened the scoring after ten minutes and three minutes later Ben Thompson made it 2-0.
Thompson completed his hat-trick early in the second period to add to goals from Craig Huggins and Josh Hutchinson, while sub Eddy Clapham also rounded off a treble with a 25-yard screamer.