Rimington boss dreaming of trip to Leeds

ELLAND ROAD DREAMS: Rimington could step out at the home of Leeds United
ELLAND ROAD DREAMS: Rimington could step out at the home of Leeds United

RIMINGTON’S game against Skipton LMS in the Craven Cup was off on Saturday.

They now focus on a trip to Hurst Green in the local derby this Saturday - before their WRFA Challenge Cup semi-final at Woodlesford, Leeds next Thursday (k8ick-off 7-30 p.m.).

The club has arranged a coach for supporters, and there are some seats available.

Anyone wishing to book their place can contact Phil Hodgson on 07795483907.

The club are aiming to be the first side from this area to reach the final, which will be played at Leeds United’s Elland Road, next month.

Manager Terry Braithwaite is confident his side can pull off a shock and beat the favourites Bardsey, but is aware there is a very important league game to be won first this week: “We may be the underdogs against Bardsley, but we can beat anyone on our day as we have proved by getting this far for the second successive season.

“Hopefully the players will use the disappointment of losing last year to take us one step further this time.”

A boyhood Leeds fan himself, since the days of Don Revie, it would be a dream come true for Braithwaite to lead his side out at Elland Road: “I obviously don’t get to go very often, but to lead Rimington out there would be immense.”

l DOG Inn face cup holders Stanley Ultras at Wilson’s on Sunday in a crucial Terry Cattermole Trophy Group B clash.

The two sides have won both their cup ties to date and, in a four-team group, will face each other again April, with only the group winner going through to the cup final at Accrington Stanley.

Manager Simon Kerins has referred to each group match as a semi-final as his side seek a first-ever appearance in the Livingstone Road showpiece.

His team have suffered semi-final heartache in three of the last six seasons, most painfully last year, and he is keen to put things right in 2013: “This has essentially been a positive season but now we are very much approaching the business end. It is arguably the biggest game since we won the league in 2011.”