Holders Rimington turfed out after poor second half show

Disappointing exit: Rimington boss Terry Braithwaite
Disappointing exit: Rimington boss Terry Braithwaite

West Riding County FA Cup holders Rimington were brought crashing back to earth in the competition which provided such interest and excitement last season, by a team which they would have despatched with the previous squad, according to their manager.

A lively start by both sides promised an entertaining game. The visitors beat the off-side trap, and the ball was chipped over Kershaw, but the winger mis-hit his shot with the goal at his mercy.

The villagers responded, winning a corner from which Dinsdale’s header sailed over.

Hickling almost opened the scoring after Fagan released Conti down the left, his cross just guided wide of the far post.

On the half hour the hosts finally took the lead, as a brilliant move between Walsh and Hickling left the former in space in the area and his drilled cross was slid in at the back post by Conti to make it 1-0.

Rimington now bossed the game, Fagan’s cross was cleared but only as far as Walsh whose rasping volley was brilliantly tipped around a post, and Benfield found Conti racing through behind the defence, but his lob managed to beat the keeper only to land on the roof of the net.

The second half was a different tale, Newsome breaking back almost immediately, a striker getting in behind to round Kershaw and slam his shot into the roof of the net.

Then the referee awarded an indirect free-kick to the visitors just outside the area, and the kick deflected wickedly off the wall and completely wrong-footed Kershaw to nestle in the bottom corner.

Rimington bringing on Lishman and Leach in the hope of creating an equaliser. However, with 13 minutes to go, the visitors grabbed their third, Kershaw brilliantly blocking the first effort but he was unable to prevent the ball being rolled into his empty net.

Boss Terry Braithwaite was disappointed: “We had six players from last season’s final missing and it proved a big loss. Take nothing from Newsome, they got the bit between their teeth whereas we seemed unable to get going.

“Now it’s time to show our grit and character.”

Saturday sees a trip to Enfield in the league.