Richhill returned home with three points following a six-goal thriller at Pepperton Park against Bourneview Mill.
David Ross’ double helped Richhill claim control against a Bourneview outfit with Mark Boyce between the posts as emergency goalkeeper.
Boyce has proven his value in Bourneview colours on multiple occasions along the frontline. However, the unavailability of three club goalkeepers forced Mark Jackson to turn to Boyce.
Richhill also entered the fixture with a depleted panel and Bourneview grabbed the upper hand thanks to Gary Hill’s early finish.
Richhill recovered, with Brent Murray instrumental in both goals as Ross converted off the penalty spot before Andrew Allen collected possession and displayed neat footwork to create space for a strike.
Allen turned from scorer to provider as Ally Dodds increased the Richhill advantage.
However, Bourneview grabbed a lifeline late in the half courtesy of another Hill finish.
Ross wrapped up Richard Morrison’s strong second-half play to hand Richhill a boost and 4-2 lead overall.
“We were superb at the back, especially late on with goalkeeper Neil McCartney injured,” said Richhill’s Neil Megaw. “We held firm.”
Jackson was left to reflect on squandered opportunities.
“We had our chances but did not take them,” said Jackson. “Plus we made mistakes at the back.”
BOURNEVIEW MILL: Mark Boyce, Steven Haugh, Gavin Fox, Thomas McClelland, Ross McDonald, Alan Haugh, Chris Traynor, Gary Hill, Kyle Abraham, Jeff McClure. Subs: Chris Woods, Dean Currie, Stevie Wilson.
In the Lonsdale League Cup, Richhill Swifts finished down by 2-0 against White City reserves.