Champs Rimington extend lead at the top

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Rimington extended their lead at the top to six points after overcoming one of their title challengers with a very solid performance.

The champions were fast out of the blocks, attacking the visitors from the outset, Eglin setting Rakshi clear in the fourth minute although he was unable to take advantage. Lloyd then headed wide from a corner soon after.

The prolific striker was not to be denied the opening goal in the eighth minute as the home side broke down the right with Rakshi whose cross was missed by everyone in the area, Sargeson retrieved it and played a one-two with Fagan before the ex-Clitheroe man picked out Lloyd to steer his header in.

In the 16th minute, Lloyd made it 2-0 following good build-up play in midfield, Walsh and Walmsley combining before Lloyd was fouled 20 yards out. His free-kick rounded the wall flying in off the far post.

The visitors then had their best period of the half and Rim had their talismanic keeper to thank for protecting their lead as he pulled off two magnificent saves in the space of three minutes.

After the break the game failed to produce the quality of the first half, however, Rimington created the clearer cut chances and should have put the game out of sight.

McCarthy had a header saved early on and Lloyd fired wide. Eglin was sent clear down the left but his goalbound effort was tipped wide of the post by the visiting keeper. Oli McLean was introduced to inject some much-needed energy into the play and he thought he had made it 3-0 in the 70th minute,

Lloyd broke down the right before playing in Eglin whose shot was blocked on the line but McLean was on hand to ram the ball home only for the linesman to flag for an offside i

Manager Terry Braithwaite said: “We got at them from the first minute and looked likely to score at any moment. I suppose the only complaint I could have is that we only won 2-0, but against a very good side we will take it for sure.

“Toby Barker came in from the reserves and played really well alongside Ryan (McCarthy) and we had the big fella to thank for those two magnificent saves. Overall we were good value for the win.

“We only have two scheduled league games in December, against Hurst Green and Feniscowles, and I just hope the weather allows us to continue playing so that we don’t end up with a back-log similar to last year.’”

Saturday sees a home tie in the West Riding Cup to Golca. Kick off 1pm.

Final Score: Rimington 2, Worsthorne 0