Conti hits hat-trick to claim cup victory

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Rimington Reserves secured the Norman Pratt Craven League Trophy for the third successive season after a thrilling 4-2 final win against Earby Town Reserves on Friday night at Settle.

Rimington made a tentative start against a physically imposing side, but the pace and movement of the league’s leading scorer Luke Conti was giving the Earby defence a torrid time.

He provided the opener as he went past two Earby defenders before squaring the ball for James Tootle to side-foot home.

Conti soon added Rimington’s second smashing the ball home after good work by Josh Corrigan on the wing.

At this point Rimington looked like they would run away with the game, but, inexplicably, a combination of naive defending, lapses in concentration and overconfidence enabled Earby to reduce the deficit and then equalise before half-time.

After the break, Conti put Rimington back in the lead following a great solo run that took him past two central defenders before placing the ball in the net.

Conti then completed his hat-trick with Rimington’s fourth goal from the penalty spot after he was brought down in the box by the despairing Earby centre half.

Captain Toby Barker and vice captain Mark Leach jointly lifted the trophy and Conti deservedly collected the man of the match trophy amid the boisterous Rimington celebrations.