Four in a row for remarkable Rimington

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RIMINGTON have claimed their fourth successive East Lancashire League First Division title – to match Goodshaw’s league record.

And Terry Braithwaite’s side can also look forward to a President’s Cup final place tomorrow night at Padiham (kick-off 7 p.m.).

The champions put one hand on the title with a 7-3 demolition of their fiercest rivals Hurst Green.

The visitors had the best of the opening exchanges and took the lead thanks to Danny Walker, only for Dinsdale to soon level from close range.

Heyes then made a great run down the left and curled a right-foot effort into the top corner to give Green the lead once more.

Back came Rimington, and Dinsdale was at it again, with his powerful header levelling matters.

The home side dominated the end of the half, and took the lead for the first time when Wharton’s near-post corner was met by Benfield’s diving header, which flew in to make it 3-2 at half-time.

Rimington continued this domination and scored three goals in the opening five minutes to seal the win.

Dinsdale grabbed his third, with Penman and Wharton joining in the goalfest, before Lloyd coolly cut back on his right to beat Anderson, making it 7-2.

Green kept pressing and grabbed a consolation in the 85th minute, when Ben Walker scored with a fine left-foot finish.

Rimington then moved on to a top-two clash at Mill Hill, where a point would be good enough to deny their hosts.

Rimington took all three with a 2-0 win.

The home side started brightly, but Wharton and Dinsdale missed good chances, while a Penman header looped just wide.

The visiting supporters then claimed the ball had crossed the line as the keeper completely missed a back-pass, but the referee waved play on.

But imington were not to be denied for long, as a Heslop free-kick was tipped over for a corner, from which Clark powered home a fine header.

In the second half, Dinsdale struck a volley across the keeper and into the far corner to make it 2-0.

They also created a few more chances to increase their lead, but in the end were satisfied with the win.

Boss Braithwaite was thrilled with his players’ efforts.

He said: “They have all been magnificent and I think they deserve their success. To lose just one league game is a credit to them, and surely shows that we are worthy champions.

“To equal Goodshaw’s record, who were a great side, is fantasti.

“We are now the only team to win it five times – I want to do it again next season too!”

The President’s Cup semi-final saw a 3-1 win over Second Division champions Edenfield.

Rimington took the lead in the first half as Lloyd fired in off a post, and they also hit the woodwork twice.

But could not add to their tally until after the break when Lloyd scored with a fierce shot, which the Edenfield keeper could not hold.

Edenfield gave themselves hope when they pulled one back following a goalmouth scramble, but Lloyd restored Rimington’s advantage from a free-kick to complete his hat-trick, and send his team into the final.