Ribble Valley derby ends with honours even

Action from the 1-1 draw between Langho and Rimington
Action from the 1-1 draw between Langho and Rimington
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Rimington travelled the short distance down the A59 to Ribble Valley rivals Langho on Saturday afternoon and returned with a point from a 1-1 draw, as the hosts boosted their survival hopes.

After recent defeats, manager David Cook looked for his team to bounce back, but it was Langho who started the game on the front foot.

Langho had a fantastic early chance to open the scoring when Grime got on the end of a ball over the top, but he toe poked his shot wide.

The opening goal came on 14 minutes when Lord bullied his way onto a high delivery and sent Grime clear, and he neatly finished from eight yards.

Rimington should have been level with their very next attack when O’Brien crossed on the run. Langford had the goal at his mercy, but sent his shot high over the bar.

A shot from distance from Everett, which dropped over the bar, sparked a better spell for the hosts, and deliveries from left and right had Lincoln and Fowler at full stretch.

But Rimington had the last chance of the half when Devenney floated a deep free kick, and McCarthy got a headed flick to it, but his touch took it wide of the mark.

Langho should have doubled their lead just after the break.

A cross from from the left flank brought a header from Grime, but it was difficult to add power and it was comfortable for Kershaw to claim.

Rimington started to pass the ball better as the hour mark approached, and a good passage of play was ended by a weak Langford shot.

The Rimington equaliser was a gift as Langford let fly with a speculative effort from 25 yards. The keeper misjudged it, and the ball floated over him and into the roof of the net.

Rimington probed, and O’Brien showed good control to take a ball over the top in his stride. He spun and fed it to Bagot, but his snapshot was blocked.

The hosts got forward again with purpose and Kershaw had to watch closely as Everett’s effort skipped off the surface and into his hands.

Lord forced a save out of Kershaw when Grime got on to a high ball, but the keeper was equal to it.

Bagot swept a late chance wide, and McCarthy nodded over from close range, before Kershaw made a point-blank save from the last kick of the game.

Rimington manager David Cook said after the game: “We’re currently a work in progress, and that was perfectly evident during Saturday’s game.

“Despite the abundance of midfield options, we still lack creativity and real pace up front.

“I’ve got the squad I have until the end of the season, so no complaints or whingeing or moaning about it, we can address some of the issues during the summer break.”

Rimington are at Barrowford Celtic on Saturday, and Langho travel to face Read United.