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Football: Misses prove costly as Terrington Glory unbeaten run ends
12:24pm Wednesday 6th February 2013 in Sport
FORTUNE did not favour Terrington Glory as their 16-match unbeaten run on their travels was ended by a 1-0 defeat at title hopefuls Wigginton Grasshoppers.
Glory paid for missing a succession of chances as Dale Holding scored a fortuitous second-half goal at the other end.
They remained third in the York Minster Engineering League premier division but now 14 points behind leaders Dunnington and nine behind the ’Hoppers, having also played a game more than teams directly below them, including Ryedale rivals Old Malton St Mary’s.
It was Terrington’s first outing in weeks following recent bad weather, and they had a key quartet missing, but they made by far the better start, with the new-look back four gelling instantly.
Frontman Alex Yates caused problems from the off and it was he who set up Glory’s first big chance, Jordan Grose heading his cross over the bar from just a yard out.
The same two players combined again shortly after, with Yates’ effort rolling into the path of Grose 10 yards out. The goalkeeper was absent but Grose was at an angle and the bobbly surface made an easy chance tougher, and he again missed the target.
Yates was the next to squander a great chance, with his close-range header also going over.
The Glory kept creating chances, with man-of-the-match centre-back Danny Meade nodding another header over, Ben Richardson seeing a shot deflected over, and Yates just missing with a dipping 25-yard volley.
Hoppers also fluffed a great chance but Glory remained on top, even when the hosts improved.
However, the Ryedale side seemed to tire and home substitute Stuart Wright injected new energy into the home team before playing a major role in their goal.
He was denied by a great recovery tackle by full-back Jimmy Miller but the ball rolled behind the covering defenders and onto left-back Holding, who slotted it home.
Glory kept trying but ran out of steam in the final third, and only two super saves from Ben Gill prevented Hoppers from extending their lead.
Jon Newton scored all three Old Malton St Mary’s goals as the reigning champions beat York St John University 3-0.
Old Malton reserves shared the spoils with York RI reserves in a 2-2 draw in the reserve ‘A’ division.
Danny Cates and Dave Clarke shared the RI plunder, while Richard Cass and Jack Thackray replied for Old Malton.
In reserve ‘B’, Amotherby & Swinton reserves lost to leaders Church Fenton White Horse after twice carving out a lead.
Matty Bean opened the scoring for Amotherby before Kyle Hesling replied. The same player was again on target to cancel out Adam Grey’s strike which had put Amotherby in front for the second time.
Then, with less than 20 minutes to go, Amotherby were even denied a point when Stephen Wragg nicked a winner.
Reserve ‘C’ leaders Malton & Norton reserves were also under-par as they dropped their first home points of the campaign in a 1-1 share-all with Stamford Bridge reserves.
Brandon Read gave the hosts the lead but Kevin Smith equalised early in the second half.