Rimington earn cup final berth after heated tie

Robert Lloyd scored Rimington's winner before being sent off
Robert Lloyd scored Rimington's winner before being sent off

After losing to Settle in the Yorkshire County Cup, Rimington avenged that loss in the Craven Cup semi-final at Skipton Town on Saturday.

Settle’s victory was hollow as they were later ejected from the competition for playing an ineligible player against both Rimington and Oxenhope.

With bad blood between the teams, the officials were always going to be in for a busy day, and they were, with four players being sent off.

Rimington played the first half into a stiff wind, but Dinsdale and McCarthy dealt with Settle’s long ball tactics with little trouble. The first action of any note saw Lloyd miss from close range after good work from McLean.

The next chance fell to Hickling, as Lloyd brilliantly flicked the ball into his path, but he pulled his shot wide.

Fagan then whipped a corner in from the right, and Dinsdale’s bullet header was tipped around the post.

Kershaw was called into action as a snap shot forced him into a smart save at the back post, but on 37 minutes, Rimington took the lead.

McLean drilled the ball in from the right, and Lloyd lost his marker and hit a thunder bolt past the keeper.

Settle started the second half well, and Kershaw pushed a header round the post.

On 55 minutes, Settle’s centre forward was sent off after a two-footed lunge on Fagan.

A delightful pass from Collinge put Jackson through, and he unselfishly squared to Hickling, who missed from six yards.

With 20 minutes left, Rimington were reduced to nine men, Lloyd diving in recklessly on the left back, and Jackson pushing a player over in the melee.

With two minutes remaining, Walsh played substitute Bagot through, and Settle’s chasing defender brought him down inside the box, and was sent off. Fagan’s well hit penalty was brilliantly saved.