Feniscowles 0, 4 Rimington

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Rimington kept their title hopes alive with a convincing win on Saturday after a very good performance.

The visitors started brightly and put the home side under pressure, the returning Lloyd looking lively alongside skipper McLean, but it was Sargeson who caught the eye as he mesmerised down the right, beating his man time after time and delivering quality balls into the box. It only seemed a matter of time, but they had to wait until 20 minutes in for the first goal. Lloyd headed a corner back across goal, McCarthy almost reached it, but Dyson made no mistake from close range.

Rimington created many more chances but couldn’t find the lethal finish, and the home side began to create some of their own, Kershaw saving smartly down to his right, before he kept out a free kick to his left.

Lloyd finally made it 2-0 just before half-time as he fired in following good work by Sargeson and McLean. Both Dyson and Lloyd hit the woodwork and Walmsley had two efforts from distance well saved by the keeper as the champions continued to dominate.

In the second half Lloyd soon made it 3-0 with a composed finish after he cut back onto his left foot, coming just after Kershaw had kept Feniscowles at bay with a strong right-handed stop low down, and Lloyd should have completed his hat-trick with a firm header which just went over the bar.

Rimington thought they should have had a penalty as the marauding Hartley went down under a challenge in the area, and Sargeson fizzed an effort just wide.

McLean gave way to Dinsdale, returning from injury, but it was full back Hutchinson who made it 4-0 – his initial effort being parried, only for him to coolly slot home the rebound. Lawson replaced Lloyd and set up Dinsdale with a chip to the back post, but he put his header wide when it looked easier to score.

The performance which encouraged manager Terry Braithwaite the most: “After our midweek defeat it was vital that we took the three points, but the manner in which we played gives us hope for the coming weeks.

“There are so many massive games coming up for all the title challengers, it may be the side which keeps their nerve will prevail come May.”