CHAMPIONS Rimington had to show their grit and determination to take the points from a game in which they dominated for long periods.
On a poor surface and with a strong, blustery wind, it was a struggle to keep the ball in play, never mind play attractive football, but Rimington created chances, with Lloyd and Sargeson struggling to hit the target until the latter latched onto a throughball and calmly lifted his shot over the keeper to make it 1-0.
The second came soon after as a defender diverted a cross intended for McLean into his own net.
The champions continued to press forward, as Lloyd and Wharton had chances, while O’Neill chipped an effort just over, and Sargeson headed narrowly wide.
Colne broke away down the left and Spencer managed to nip in and lob the stranded Kershaw to give his side a chance of snatching something out of the game with 25 mins to go.
At the other end, Lloyd saw the keeper tip away a goalbound strike, Heslop had an overhead kick loop over the bar and then they had a penalty appeal for a blatant handball turned down.
Even though they were only one goal down, the home side struggled to create any more chances of note, as the visitors’ back 4 of Hartley, Hutchinson, Curtis and Dyson defended well, and preserved the lead.
Final Score: Colne United 1, Rimington 2
Saturday sees a trip to BGSOB.
Meanwhile, the club, founded in 1971, are holding their 40th Anniversary Dinner at Mytton Fold on Friday, Septemvber 23rd to celebrate this milestone.
Former player Lindsey Blackledge and his band ‘Compared to What’ will provide the entertainment on what promises to be a nostalgic evening.
Tickets have been selling well, but anyone interested in attending can still order them through Terry Braithwaite on 428190 or Martin Lawson on 444697.
Terry, who is in his 12th season as manager, said: “Reaching 40 years is incredible for any amateur football club, but especially for a village like Rimington.
“Who would have thought we would come as far as we have from such humble beginnings at Bustards Park in 1971?’