Braithwaite leads Rimington to the title for seventh time in eight seasons

Rimington manager Terry Braithwaite at the scene of his finest hour ' winning the West Riding County FA Cup at Elland Road
Rimington manager Terry Braithwaite at the scene of his finest hour ' winning the West Riding County FA Cup at Elland Road
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Rimington sealed a seventh East Lancashire Football League title in eight seasons on Saturday.

And the villagers go in search of more silverware tomorrow night when they face Skipton LMS in the Blue Fin Craven Challenge Cup Final at Skipton Town (kick-off 6-30 p.m.).

Two home wins secured the league title, as Rimington beat Belvedere 2-1 and Burnley Athletic 5-1.

On Tuesday the villagers came from behind to win.

On 15 minutes, a long ball lead to a mix up in the home defence and the Belvedere centre forward took full advantage to put his side ahead.

After the break, it was looking like it was going to be one of those nights, but Craig Sargeson brilliantly played in Robert Lloyd, and even though the keeper manage to palm away his effort, Gary Jackson was on hand to equalise.

Braithwaite and skipper Graeme Kershaw show off the East Lancashire League title silverware

Braithwaite and skipper Graeme Kershaw show off the East Lancashire League title silverware

A winner came seven minutes from time when Glen Dinsdale was brought down outside the area, and John Paul Fagan curled home a wonderful free kick.

The match of the day against title hopefuls Burnley saw a goal fest in the first half.

Oli McLean beat his man to cross for Matt Bagot to slip the ball home in the second minute.

The equaliser came on 20 minutes, as a long throw was glanced on by Lloyd, and turned in at the back post.

We knew what we had to do and the lads were magnificent

Terry Braithwaite

The locals were back in front a minute later, as Mick Cox made a run into the box before being fouled, and Lloyd smashed home the penalty.

Rimington extended their lead on 27 minutes, with David Robinson crossing to the far post, where Dinsdale ghosted in to head home.

Two goals just before half-time ended the contest.

Dinsdale played in Jackson, and he picked out Bagot who took his time to control and slam the ball into the roof of the net.

And then Jackson was felled by the keeper outside his area, and Lloyd powered home a header from the free kick.

The second half was a bit of a non-event – Robinson hit a post after fine work by McLean, and Luke Conti should have done better when he fired wide of the target. But the damage had been done and Rimington had sealed the title with a game to spare.

Braithwaite was ecstatic: “We knew what we had to do and the lads were magnificent.

“I think we thoroughly deserve to be champions, everyone at the club has worked so hard for this. I hope we can finish it all off on Friday with the Cup – that would be a great way for me to finish wouldn’t it!!