Draw suits Rimington against rivals

Adam Hutchinson was captain for the day on his 200th appearance
Adam Hutchinson was captain for the day on his 200th appearance

The East Lancashire League match of the day lived up to it’s billing as the main contenders for the title went head to head.

Both sides had chances to win the game, but the villagers will be happiest, the draw maintaining their five-point advantage over the hosts.

The teams started at a blistering pace and didn’t let up for 90 minutes, the home side breaking through in just the second minute, Kershaw just getting to the ball before the striker.

Then Collinge’s fierce shot struck the underside of the bar and Jackson rammed home the loose ball only to be flagged off-side.

Dinsdale then forced a stunning save with a header from a corner, and Lloyd hit the side netting from another corner as the visitors pinned the home side back.

The big talking point of the half came six minutes before the break when Jackson was brought down just outside the area. A free kick was given, but no red card, and Collinge fired wide.

Burnley came out for the second half in determined fashion, and Rimington, playing up the slope, had to try and hit them on the break.

Hickling teed up Collinge but he fired wide, before Jackson brilliantly turned his man to shoot, and the keeper turned it round for a corner, from which McCarthy had a header cleared off the line.

The hosts headed over with only Kershaw to beat, and Rimington had a fright on the hour, a shot from distance swerving against the post and rolling across goal.

Then Kershaw flew to his right to parry away a drive from outside the area.

Dinsdale and Conti could have won it late on, but Terry Braithwaite was pleased with his team’s efforts.

Today sees a trip to Oswaldtwistle, kick-off 2-15 p.m.