Rimington into Norman Pratt Cup last eight

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NORMAN Pratt Cup winners for the last two seasons, Rimington Reserves made heavy going of their away tie to Skipton Town Reserves.

Totally dominating play from the kick-off on a heavy pitch, Rimington created and failed to take several clear-cut chances.

Tom Walsh hit the post, whilst further good opportunities went begging.

Skipton Town made the away side pay dearly for this profligacy when a nippy forward took advantage of hesitancy between keeper Graeme Kershaw and the defence to round the keeper and place the ball in the empty net.

The second half followed much the same pattern as the first, with Skipton Town content to place nine men behind the ball and rely upon their speedy forwards for quick breakaways.

Kershaw had to be alert and smartly off his line twice to foil two such attacks.

The almost-unceasing pressure eventually told on the hour mark when Micky Clarkson rose at the near post to head home the equaliser.

Joe McTear then put Rimington in front with a powerful header following an accurate cross from Hutchinson.

A third goal was disallowed after a very late and dubious linesman’s flag.

Incredibly, Skipton Town then snatched an equaliser with only two minutes remaining following a rare excursion into the Rimington half.

The first period of extra time was goal-less, and the tie looked increasingly like it might be decided by the lottery of penalties when centre half Ryan McCarthy smashed home an unstoppable shot following a corner to put a relieved Rimington into the quarter-finals.