Lloyd fires late winner as Rimington claim trophy

Robert Lloyd shoots past Sam Jerome of Bay Athletic to score the winning goal for Rimington
Robert Lloyd shoots past Sam Jerome of Bay Athletic to score the winning goal for Rimington
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Robert Lloyd finished off a flowing move 13 minutes from time to hand Rimington victory in the West Riding County FA Challenge Trophy Final at Elland Road on Friday night.

The villagers’ lethal frontman drilled home left-footed to see off their West Riding County Amateur Premier Division opponents Bay Athletic from Huddersfield after a tight game at the home of Leeds United.

Bay Athletic proved to be a good footballing side on a carpet of a surface at the Championship club, but for all their passing play up to the 18-yard box, they lacked any penetration or punch.

Rimington defended well, but Bay struggled to get behind the locals, with stalwart keeper Graeme Kershaw having little to do.

Indeed, Rimington created the better chances.

Lloyd missed an early header from six yards, when he looked set to score, and Athletic made Rimington pay as they scored against the run of play as Kershaw parried a shot, which was turned in at the second attempt.

Rimington went in level, however, as Lloyd equalised five minutes later, volleying in from just inside the area.

In the second half, Oli McLean looped a header just over as he appeared to get up too early, and the same player then broke through but he couldn’t maintain his balance and the chance was gone.

But Lloyd ensured the 500-plus travelling support went home happy as he produced another clinical finish to clinch the trophy.

Rimington. still on target for the East Lancashire League title and in the Craven Cup semi-final, saw their hopes of a quadruple ended on Bank Holiday Monday as they went down 2-1 to Mill Hill after extra time at Oswaldtwistle in the President’s Cup.

On a very bobbly, dry surface, the villagers led after 20 minutes through Luke Conti after a great ball from Craig Sargeson.

Mill Hill levelled from a disputed corner with 10 minutes remaining to take the tie to extra time, and with just four minutes to go in extra time, the Blackburn side secured a place in the cup final with a penalty.