Rimington are beaten at the leaders

Keeper James Scriven takes a goal kick
Keeper James Scriven takes a goal kick
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A depleted Rimington went down to a narrow defeat at league leaders Oswaldtwistle on Saturday.

The game as a spectacle was never going to set the pulse racing as the players struggled with a heavy pitch and gusting wind conditions at the Heys Sports Complex.

Little action of note took place in the first 25 minutes. The first real opportunity fell to Oswaldtwistle – Rimington failed to deal with a long throw, and a glancing header from Holt clipped the crossbar.

This seemed to lift Ossy, and Rimington weathered a period of pressure.

On 37 minutes, Matt Bagot worked space on the right and chipped a ball to the back post, Matt Garner found space but wasn’t able to beat the keeper.

In the second half, Rimington now with the strong wind behind them upped the tempo.

The tireless Sam Jones and Jack Cook were beginning to win more possession, and Ossy were resorting to hopeful balls into the channels.

But against the run of play, their tactic paid off, on 55 minutes, as O’Meara broke down the left, cut inside and squared for Holligan to poke the ball home from six yards.

The game became stretched, are Rimington were creating chances.

On 75 minutes, Charlie Collinge’s thunderous free kick missed by inches, and just seconds later Jones crashed the ball wide from 18 yards.

But the Ossy defence stood firm.

Manager David Cook said: “ I’ve never known a season like it ! We’ve been hit with injury after injury.

“Thankfully I have a very supportive reserve team manager in Arron Ripley, and young players are ready and willing to step up to the first team.

“Jack Wright and Sam Jones have put a marker down for a first team spot.”

Rimington host Prairie United at Coulthurst Sports Ground on Saturday, kick-off 2 p.m.

Oswaldtwistle St Mary’s 1, Rimington 0

Rimington Reserves beat Settle United 7-2 in the Norman Pratt Trophy at Coulthurst on Saturday, with father and son Liam and Max Lishman starting.

Gareth Hill continues to impress and claimed a hat-trick to make that 13 goals in four games.

There were brilliant performances all over the pitch but Simon Wharton at centre back was different class.

Manager Arron Ripley said: “It was job done at half-time, and it was a pleasure to watch.

“Considering five of our lads stepped up to the first team this week, and we still managed to get a full bench, shows the strength in depth we have at Rimington.

“The goals we conceded need looking at but all in all it was an impressive performance.”