Rimington earn derby honours

Jon Penman
Jon Penman
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RIMINGTON turned in a champion display as they put their derby rivals to the sword.

Playing downhill on a pitch which was a credit to Barry Bolton’s endeavours, Rimington carved the home side apart with some neat football at pace, and after one near miss they took the lead when Oli McLean hammered in from close range after Robert Lloyd had forced his way to the bye-line.

Lloyd had a chance to increase the lead but dragged a left-foot shot wide, but he didn’t have long to wait as Sargeson combined with McLean before setting up the striker to finish smartly.

The home side switched players around in a bid to thwart the threat of Sargeson, who was wreaking havoc down the right, but on 32 minutes his cross was met by Lloyd, and even though the keeper blocked the effort, Walsh was on hand to nod home the rebound to make it 3-0.

O’Neill should have made it 4-0 when sent clear with the keeper to beat, but sliced his shot wide and then Lloyd headed onto the roof of the net, before influential skipper McLean played a delightful back-heel into Lloyd’s path and the prolific striker made no mistake.

Penman replaced the skipper at half-time, and while the home side pressed forward in an attempt to get back into the game, in doing so, they were vulnerable to the counter-attack.

Walmsley fed Penman but the striker failed to hit the target.

However, he got himself on the score sheet as O’Neill squared for him to slot home to make it 5-0.

To Green’s credit they kept going and Kershaw had to be at his best, making two smart saves before Danny Walker, who was a thorn in Rimington’s side all afternoon, won a penalty, which was converted.

On Saturday, Rimington are at Settle in the Craven Cup, while Hurst Green are at Enfield.

FINAL SCORE: Hurst Green 1, Rimington 5