Jackson fires a hat-trick as leaders ease to derby win

Oli McLean netted twice for Rimington
Oli McLean netted twice for Rimington

Rimington strengthened their lead at the top of the East Lancashire League with a comprehensive derby win over Read.

The visitors created a stream of chances before finally breaking the deadlock on 29 minutes, as McCarthy played a great pass through for Jackson to calmly switch the ball onto his left foot before placing it into the bottom corner.

That proved the only goal of the first half, but an avalanche followed.

Rimington doubled their lead when McLean’s long throw found Drake, who finished well.

On the hour, Dinsdale’s long pass was knocked down for McLean, who lashed in a fierce drive.

On 75 minutes, Fagan’s free-kick was flicked in by McLean to make it 4-0, and it was 5-0 a minute later, as Kershaw’s punt downfield was controlled by Conti, and he beat the keeper to score a well-earned goal.

With 10 to go, Hickling’s corner was headed in by Jackson, and he completed his hat-trick when he was excellently picked out by Collinge, before cutting in from the left to fire in.

Two minutes from time, Jackson’s low cross was diverted in by a defender.

Terry Braithwaite said: “It is always nice to bolster your goal difference, in addition to playing well, and I thought we were clinical in the second half.”

Saturday sees a Craven Cup semi-final against Settle at Skipton, kick-off 2 p.m.