Ingleton 1, Rimington 4

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RIMINGTON travelled to North Lancashire League Ingleton and progressed smoothly into the Craven Cup semi-finals with an assured performance on a difficult surface.

Despite being without Kershaw, Dyson, Dinsdale, O’Neill and Penman, the East Lancashire League champions showed their class and the importance of having a strong squad.

Martin Lawson deputised in goal and gave a solid display behind a back four which defended well for most of the game.

The visitors started brightly and Fagan’s run and shot from full back forced the home keeper into a brilliant one-handed save, tipping his powerful strike over the bar.

Lloyd then drove a left-foot shot just over following great work by McLean. Heslop’s inswinging corner was met by Sargeson at the near post, and his glancing header was headed off the line, but it was Heslop and his trusty left foot who opened the scoring.

Lloyd was fouled 25 yards out on the right and up stepped Heslop to thunder home the free kick.

Ingleton created their first real chance on 20 mins when a forward broke free, only to see his left foot strike hit the bar and bounce away to safety.

The home keeper then kept out McLean and Lloyd as Rimington pressed for a second.

However, it was Ingleton who scored next, as McCarthy misplaced his pass and the centre forward broke away to calmly slot past Lawson.

Rimington came out for the second half in determined mood and with a game plan which worked a treat as they moved the ball at pace, and got McLean and Lloyd running in behind. Sargeson, Heslop and Walsh pressed forward in support to keep the pressure on, and this paid off when Lloyd drove home on 55 minutes.

It wasn’t long before they increased their lead as Sargeson broke into the area and waltzed past three defenders before teeing up Walsh to hit home.

Wharton replaced the hard-working Heslop and played a glorious defence-splitting pass through for McLean but the keeper thwarted his effort.

He made two more great saves from Lloyd and close range from Wharton to keep his side in the tie, but inside the last 10 minutes, desperate defending lead to Lloyd being brought down in the area and he calmly slotted home the resulting penalty to make it 4-1.