Rimington 6, Read United 1

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RIMINGTON returned to winning ways with a strong second half performance, following a very lacklustre first half in this derby clash.

The visitors took advantage of a very lethargic home team and opened the scoring in the third minute with a great strike from outside the area from Leigh Slater which gave stand-in keeper Lawson no chance.

Rimington continually gave the ball away, and Andy Bennett should have done better when he was put through 18 yards out, but he screwed his effort wide.

Debutant Bywater, called up from the reserves, had some good moments down the right and sent over a couple of searching crosses which the Read defence coped with well, but by and large Rimington struggled to get any cohesion into their game.

The usual quality of their play was sadly missing and Lloyd and skipper McLean were given very little to feed off.

They were a touch fortunate to equalise on 32 minutes when O’Neill swung over a corner, and Lloyd appeared to knock the ball out of Galea’s grasp before prodding it home, but the referee saw no offence and allowed the goal.

Read continued to be the better side, Tinker and O’Connor pulling the strings, and Bennett saw two rasping drives narrowly miss the target.

After a half-time talk, Rimington came out with more purpose, raising the pace and quality of their game, and it wasn’t long before they took the lead, Walsh sliding in at the near post to poke the ball into the net.

A fine flowing move down the left involving Heslop, Walmsley and Lloyd led to O’Neill racing into the area before firing past Galea to make it 3-1.

Lloyd and Bywater gave way to Penman and Sargeson, Rimington showing the luxury of a quality bench, and the veteran striker gave the visitors warning when he fired his first touch straight at the grateful keeper from the edge of the area.

However, the respite didn’t last long as Penman fired home from close range after good work by McLean.

Read felt they should have had a penalty when their striker went down under pressure from Hartley, and then Lawson produced a great save to tip over a header destined for the top corner.

The visitors, to their credit, kept pushing forward in a bid to get something from the game, but Rimington can be lethal on the break and McLean was released down the right, and skipped past the keeper to the bye-line before squaring to Penman for his second.

Haythornthwaite replaced O’Neill and passed the ball well, almost releasing Penman with a through ball which was just cut out in the nick of time, but it was McLean again who set up the sixth as another flowing move saw him find Walmsley to fire home his first of the season.

Rimington boss Terry Braithwaite was grateful for the win: “We looked a bit sorry for ourselves after last week’s defeat, and Read should have punished us.

“But we had a good chat at half-time and it was a much better second half.

“We scored some good goals and hopefully this will spur us on for the coming weeks.

“It is going to be a very tough run-in, especially with a few missing, but we certainly have enough character to put another run together.

“Whether that will be enough we will just have to see, it is still Langho’s to lose.”

Saturday sees Rimington entertain BGSOB, while Read host Oswaldtwistle St Mary’s, kick-off 2-15 p.m.