Braithwaite sends out striking SOS

Graeme Kershaw
Graeme Kershaw

Enfield ran out worthy winners in the President’s Cup as Rimington again paid the price for not having a goal-scorer, something which the manager believes may be very costly this season.

The villagers almost took the lead in the second minute, as Fagan’s strike from distance was acrobatically tipped over the bar.

Both keepers impressed on the day, but Kershaw was the busier, pushing Enfield’s first chance round a post.

However, he was powerless to prevent the opening goal, as a long ball over the top caught out the defence and the striker stroked the ball home.

Walsh set up Dinsdale on the quarter-hour mark, but his volley flew just over. But the home side attacked again, and Kershaw pulled off an amazing reaction save – a shot being deflected, and as it looped up towards the roof of the net, the big keeper somehow twisted to push the ball over.

Before half-time Hickling intercepted a back-pass but squeezed his effort wide.

In the second half, Enfield just about killed the game off in the first minute, Ashworth racing around Robinson before poking the ball into the roof as Kershaw spread himself, and he had to block another effort with his legs to keep it at 2-0.

Conti came on as the visitors tried to get back in the game, hoping his pace would unsettle the defence, and on the hour he raced away and pulled the ball back, but it just eluded Dinsdale, Hickling collecting it instead to shoot, with the home keeper tipping it over.

Hickling was now operating as a winger and he set up Dinsdale to volley over.

On 70 minutes, Hickling cut inside but saw his left-foot shot drift wide and it wasn’t long before Enfield grabbed their third, as everyone stood back and allowed a midfielder time and space to fire into the bottom corner.

Rimington kept going, and on 77 minutes pulled one back, fine work by Fagan giving Conti the opportunity to place his shot into the far corner.

Terry Braithwaite said: “We are playing some great football but with no end product. We need someone to save our season before it’s too late!”

Rimington have no game on Saturday, but the reserves are at home to Colne (2 p.m.).