CLITHEORE Royal British Legion (CRBL) continue to grow as a side with several new players and a new coaching team.
Building on from their first friendly victory 3-1 against Grindleton, this test was always going to be a tougher test as Rimington fielded several of their first team.
However, from the word go, CRBL took control of the game and were only threatened by pace down the right from Rimington. Only 10 minutes on the clock when a mistake at the back from Rimington, led to two new boys, Collinge helping on a ball to the ever tiresome Blackburn who slotted home from outside the area with ease.
CRBL controlled the first half with centrehalves Clark and Hall keeping at bay East Lancs top league goal scorer Lloyd. Centre midfield pair Meyer and Brunskill ran the show breaking down anything thrown at them releasing the wingers and front men several times.
The smallest attacker in the league Blackburn continued to amaze the crowd winning majority of headers, however, it was his quick feet and strength that led to CRBL’s second by winning a free-kick on the 20 yards out from the right. Collinge took no time to sweep the free-kick into the bottom right leaving goal keeper Proctor gasping.
With the score 2-0 at half time, coach Kay made five changes to see a little more of the other players. This seemed pivotal for the away side to take this opportunity, introducing England themselves.
Indeed it was England with his pace and determination that single-handedly pulled Rimington back into the game. With all the changes, CRBL started looking a little unsettled.
However, substitute striker Farquar scored a screamer turning on the corner of the box and striking into the far right hand corner giving the keeper no chance once again.
Rimington were taking the game to CRBL in waves of attacks and with only five minutes to go they finally got their breakthrough second.Scriven could only manage a triple save this time to see the fourth shot fumbled over the line to make it 3-2.
Rimington surged forward and got another corner which this time found the head of CRBL striker Farquar to bullet into his own goal.
Next up is Hurst Green on August 2nd.
Final Score: CRBL 3, Rimington 3