Rimington ease through to next round of cup

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EAST Lancashire League champions Rimington progressed to the second round of the West Riding FA Challenge Cup with a comprehensive win over their opponents from Wakefield, and now face a trip to Elland.

The first 20 minutes were rather poor, neither side seemed prepared to get a foot on the ball and pass it, but Rimington slowly began to play some football and were rewarded as they won a free kick just inside Horbury’s half.

Heslop swung in a fabulous ball and Lloyd thundered home a header.

The visitors’ main form of attack was to hit the ball long up to the front two and pick up the pieces, but Dyson and Hartley were dominant at the back, providing excellent cover for Kershaw who commanded his area all day.

Rimington went 2-0 up on 32 minutes when Lloyd headed the ball back for McLean to ram home from eight yards.

The home side went further ahead before half-time when the centre half handled in the box and Lloyd made no mistake from the spot.

In the second half Rimington continued to play good football, Lloyd and McLean worked hard to create space and put the back four under pressure, and McLean found Sargeson, who did brilliantly to reach the bye-line before his pinpoint cross left Lloyd the simple task of heading in for his hat-trick.

Dinsdale and Walsh came on for O’Neill and Walmsley, and Dinsdale went close almost immediately. Heslop marauded forward and his left foot effort went narrowly wide - a goal would have been the icing on his magnificent performance. Hutchinson then broke forward from full back and saw his shot go wide of the left-hand upright.

Horbury gamely kept going and one fierce shot brought the best out of Kershaw, before they scored a consolation with five minutes to go from the penalty spot.

Terry Braithwaite was pleased: “We concentrated on our game and got the reward and can look forward to the trip next month. We still haven’t played as well as we can but as long as the results keep coming we will settle for that.”

Saturday sees the local derby at Hurst Green, followed by a Craven Cup tie at Settle.

FINAL SCORE: Rimington 4, Horbury Town 1