Rimington stay on track for another title success

Martin Aspinall
Martin Aspinall

The two current form teams in the East Lancashire League First Division shared the spoils in a six-goal thriller in front of a bumper crowd at Coulthurst Sports Ground on Saturday.

Leaders Rimington had come out on top in the previous two encounters in league and cup earlier in the season.

Whinney Hill started the brighter, moving the ball around freely in midfield.

Rimington were nearly caught napping when a long kick from the Whinney Hill goalkeeper cleared the defence, but Graeme Kershaw saved well with his feet as the forward tried poking the ball past him.

Rimington’s first attack of note brought a goal.

Great interchange play between Charlie Collinge and Ben Allen created space in the box. Collinge turned his marker and crossed to Allen, who scored from close range.

Whinney Hill responded immediately, as a shot was deflected off Martin Aspinwall and looped over Kershaw.

Whinney Hill pushed hard for the next goal, but Aspinwall and Jack Wright marshalled the pitch superbly.

On 38 minutes, Oli McLean burst from midfield, and his low drive found the bottom corner.

The second half started in the same vein, with Whinney Hill looking to move the ball through the pitch quickly.

Whinney Hill’s centre forward beat Adam Hutchinson and blasted straight at Kershaw.

Whinney Hill equalised on 58 minutes when the left winger came inside, and his cross-shot floated in at the back post. Minutes later Whinney Hill went ahead as Wright’s mis-timed header fell to the centre forward, and he rolled Aspinwall and fired a rocket into the top left corner.

Boss Graeme Seedall changed formation and personnel, as David Fallon replaced Collinge.

Fallon’s pace from the off caused Whinney Hill problems, and Rimington started to push for the equaliser.

Craig Sargeson skipped past his marker and clipped the ball past the keeper, but the defender somehow blocked on the line.

Chances came and went, but on 82 minutes, Sargeson unleashed a drive from the edge of the box, and his shot deflected off Allen and in.

Both teams seemed happy with the point and the game petered out.

Seedall said afterwards: “A point keeps us in the title race. Three wins from our remaining games are a must for us to have a chance of retaining the league title.”

Rimington are at Barrowford Celtic on Saturday, 2-15 p.m.