Read edge the derby

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READ United claimed their first big scalp of the season with a win over Rimington in the Ribble Valley derby.

The hosts turned in a performance awash with determination, desire and resolve to overcome the reigning league champions.

Read took the lead with barely a minute on the watch, Mark Derbyshire caught the Rimington defence napping, gambling on Nick Galea’s long ball to nimbly chip the onrushing keeper.

It should have been two for United, Derbyshire nodding over from a yard with the goal gaping.

The visitors got into their stride, Robert Lloyd and Matthew Eglin working the channels as Rimington chased an equaliser, however they were reduced to long range efforts throughout the first half.

Both sides played the game in a competitive nature, making it a good advert for East Lancashire League football.

Read looked to extend their lead after the break, Derbyshire’s snapshot was well saved after Danny Sharples robust run through the heart of the Rimington defence.

The away side should have been level when Tim Rakshi raced clear of the Read back-line, rounding keeper Galea before miscuing his shot with the goal at his mercy.

Rimington began an aerial bombardment as the game wore on, introducing Jon Penman to add an extra dimension to their play, the United defence of Neary, Marsden, Baxter and Slater were imperious in the face of the visitors onslaught to goal.

The best chance fell to Eglin 12 yards out, his finish lacked conviction as Galea gratefully clutched the ball to his chest as the Rimington sharpshooters continued to fire blanks.

Controversy struck as Lloyd glanced a header against the underside of the bar and out, the visitors accosted the referee for a goal yet the man in black waved play on.

The game ebbed and flowed, Read’s Matthew Riley saw his low shot tipped round the post as United looked to seal victory.

With full time looming, Rimington piled forward, Glen Dinsdale manoeuvred some space on the edge of the area, his rasping drive whistled past the post and took their hopes of a point with it.

Read United manager Dale Tattersall said “The lads are beaming after that performance, we battled well against a top team, it gives us belief against anyone in the league this season.”

Read United travel to Colne United on Saturday, while Rimington host Calder Vale, kick off at 2-15pm.

FINAL SCORE: Read United 1, Rimington 0

• LAST week Rimington had made it four wins from four after coming from a goal down to overwhelm Stacksteads in a pulsating encounter.

Playing at home, Stacksteads took the lead on seven minutes when Taylor turned before mis-hitting his strike to send Kershaw the wrong way.

The same player had three more chances in the first half but was unable to convert any of them.

The visitors’ main threat was the pace of Rakshi, his run down the right and subsequent cross was headed over by Lloyd.

A flowing move and a superb pass from Sargeson left the marauding Hutchinson the simple task of slipping the ball under the keeper to equalise.

Rimington were now rampant.

The champions showed how clinical they can be in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, scoring three well-worked goals early on.

Skipper Sargeson lead the way, Walmsley and Walsh combining before he lashed home to make it 2-1.

Minutes later Lloyd (pictured) continued his run of goals by making it 3-1.

Dinsdale added the fourth, finishing off another excellent move which began with Kershaw and flowed through the team all the way to the opposition penalty area.

Rimington had the luxury of resting Lloyd as Tootle came on, but it was his strike partner Rakshi who created the fifth goal as he showed determination and strength to rob the defender before pulling the ball back for Walmsley to sweep it into the far corner, making the final score 5-1.