Terry Braithwaite brought a glittering managerial career to an apt close last week, as Rimington claimed their fourth-sucessive Craven Cup.
The villagers beat Skipton LMS 4-0 to win the trophy for the 10th time under Braithwaite’s 15-year reign – their 25th piece of silverware in that time!
The villagers started well and Gary Jackson reached the bye-line only to pull the ball back just behind Glen Dinsdale.
But Rimington took the lead on 12 minutes as Gary Hickling’s corner was flicked on by Matt Bagot, and Oli McLean hammered the ball into the roof of the net.
Jackson had a number of chances before Rimington made it 2-0, following a superb weaving run by McLean, as he beat four men before being upended just outside the area.
John Paul Fagan’s excellent free kick was met by Robert Lloyd, and though his powerful header hit the post, Dinsdale was on hand to fire home to keep up his record of scoring in every Craven Final he has played in.
Bagot was denied by the keeper just before the break, while at the other end, Graeme Kershaw saved at the feet of a Skipton attacker.
In the second half, Jackson was brought down outside the area by the keeper, who received a yellow card. McLean’s free kick grazed the post, but the locals didn’t have to wait long for a third goal when McLean lobbed the ball over the full back for Bagot, who beat his man and crossed for Jackson to clip in at the near post.
Kershaw had to save in a one-on-one situation, before substitute Charlie Collinge’s rasping 30-yard was brilliantly tipped onto the bar.
Dan Blackburn replaced the hard-working Jackson, and was rewarded on 80 when he met Hickling’s free kick to head in number four.
A jubilant Rimington team threw their manager in the air in front of their supporters, and Braithwaite said: “It wasn’t the best final, but the lads were quality, as they have been for most of the season. They deserve all the accolades for the effort and spirit they have shown, and to win this prestigious trophy so many times is amazing.”
Braithwaite will be honoured at a special evening at the Catholic Club in Clitheroe on Friday, June 5th.
Tickets are £10, including supper and disco, with more details at www.clubwebsite.co.uk/rimingtonfc/Home