Champions Rimington lift Craven Cup

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HAVING captured the East Lancashire League title, Rimington completed the double when they travelled up to North Lancashire League Bentham to win the Craven Cup for the seventh time in 11 seasons!

In front of over 200 supporters, the visitors showed all their team spirit and togetherness, the warm evening and bumpy pitch proving a test for both teams.

Rimington were a little lathargic early on but the home side failed to take advantage with just a couple of shots that were wide of the mark, and gradually the pendulem swung back towards the visitors.

Eglin and Lloyd came close before the reserves’ leading scorer fired in a shot which the keeeper could not keep out at his near post.

His strike partner then rose to head home the second before half-time.

He also had one ruled out for offside from a Heslop free-kick.

The second half began with the hosts trying desperatly to get back in the game, and this inevitably gave Rimington the chance to counter-attack.

Lloyd heaaded on at the halfway line for Eglin to outpace the centre half, and round the keeper, only for a poor bounce to prevent him from increasing the lead.

He then latched on to a throw from Kershaw, but again his final touch let him down.

Bentham created a couple of chances, cheered on by their partisan supporters, but Kershaw raced out to save with his legs.

On the one occasion the keeper was beaten, McCarthy was on hand to clear of the line.

Lloyd put the tie beyond doubt with a clinical finish from a free kick to make it 3-0 and ensure the cup returned to the Ribble Valley.

Terry Braithwaite was full of praise for his players: “They have had so many tough games but came through them and deserve all their success. I would like to thank all those who made the journey to get behind the lads too.

“We had such a sucessful season as a club, both teams winning their legues and cups, and to achieve the double, double is tremendous.

“Everyone has played their part, not just the players, and I must thank everyone connected with the club.

“I really would like to win the West Riding Cup before I retire!”