Seeking an East Riding Senior Cup run to re-ignite their faltering season, Sports Club began brightly against a well-oiled Riccall United machine.
This soon resulted in the opening goal as a stunning drive from Paul Smith struck a hand, preventing what would have surely been one of the strikes of the season. The referee had no option but to award the penalty and Mike Tate stepped up to hammer Sports in front.
The away side’s cause was seemingly improved soon after as a Riccall man was dismissed following a stamp on Smith.
However, this appeared to have the adverse effect as Sports failed to press home their one-man advantage. It was in fact the hosts who looked the more likely as they brought Reece Nestor into action with several fine stops.
Despite this spell of pressure, the visitors weathered the storm and finished the half strongly as Josh Christlow smashed the base of the post with a fierce drive.
However, the game was soon level after the break as a Riccall forward capitalised on a fortunate ricochet to finish into the far corner. Now, it was the York Premier League hosts showing all the hunger and appetite as they worked tirelessly to nullify Sports’ attacking threat.
Sub Lyle Bogle twice went close, first with a header, before he then produced a quite wonderful chip over the goalkeeper only to see it bounce back off the inside of the post.
Rueing their misfortune, Sports’ misery was compounded as Riccall took the lead their second half display merited. A slide rule pass evaded the away side’s backline as the oncoming forward raced clear only to be brought down in the area by Nestor.
The young stopper was perhaps a touch unlucky to receive a straight red card as the referee levelled the playing field. Following a tense delay the Riccall forward showed nerves of steel to dispatch the spot kick firmly past the deputising James Webb.