Rimington back to winning ways

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RIMINGTON got back to winning ways with a reasonably comfortable win over one of the new teams to the division, coming from a goal down again,.

The game started slowly and it was the hosts who created the first chances. Eglin and Tootle bringing good saves out of the visiting keeper, while Vale found Kershaw in dominant mood whenever they sent the ball into his area.

He was helpless though to prevent them taking the lead as a forward nipped in to clip a through-ball past the big on-rushing stopper.

Rim then came to life and Fagan had a rasping effort parried away, Dinsdale had one kicked off the line and Eglin and Tootle could not make the most of decent situations as some tenacious Calder defending kept them at bay.

The home side drew level before half-time when the keeper made a complete hash of a low cross and Tootle was on hand to tap the ball in.

The champions came out for the second half in determined mood and they soon took the lead when Dinsdale rose to beat the keeper to the ball and flicked his header over him into the unguarded net.

Rim now played their best football of the match, knocking the ball around at pace, Rakshi coming more and more into the play, his speed and jinking runs unsettling the visitors.

He was involved in the next goal as Eglin fired home to make it 3-1.

The goal of the game came next as Kershaw threw the ball to Hutchinson who played it into midfield where Walmsley and Rakshi combined to release Tootle whose cross was swept home by Eglin – a goal of pure class and good enough to win any match.

Eglin had an ideal opportunity to grab his hat-trick when he intercepted a Fagan shot but then screwed his own effort wide of a post from all of two yards. The visitors pulled a consolation goal back when Fagan tripped his man and Kershaw was beaten from the spot.

Manager Terry Braitwaite was pleased with the second half but not the first.

“We shouldn’t need to go behind before we start playing, it has happened in every game except two and it showed at Read last week that you can’t always come back in this division.

“We should know better but at least we turned in a good shift in the second half against a nice side, they came to play which was refreshing and I hope they stay up.”

Rimington are at home again this week to BGSOB, 2-15pm kick off.

FINAL SCORE: Rimington 4, Calder Vale 2

• THE new look Rimington reserve side continued to impress with an emphatic 6-1 away victory over third placed Canberra.

The opening half-hour was a fairly even affair with both sides seeking to dominate but it was the young Rimington side with their neat brand of football that broke the deadlock, with goals from man of the match Luke Conti and Mark Leach just before the break.

Canberra pulled one back shortly after the restart but further goals from Leach, Conti and two from Micky Clarkson put the result beyond doubt.

New signings Ben Westhead and Tom Walsh also displayed a great deal of promise and potential.

Having scored 22 goals in their four games played and only conceding four due to a solid defence, champions Rimington have now risen to second place in the table and look well-placed to challenge for further honours this season.