Rimington make history with fifth successive title

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RIMINGTON have made history by winning the East Lancashire League for a record fifth successive season – although they were unable to add the President’s Cup too, as they narrowly lost 2-1 to Enfield.

A hectic schedule saw them win a thriller at Mill Hill 4-3, before sealing the title with a 5-3 win at Edenfield.

At Mill Hill, Rimington took the lead when Anton Gawthorpe whipped in a great cross for Eglin to fire in at the far post on 20 minutes.

After the break, the hosts found the equaliser, and then scored twice more, despite sterling efforts by Kershaw in the Rimington goal to keep them at bay.

But with eight minutes left, the champions showed their mettle as Allen thundered a half-volley into the top corner, and then pull the ball back for Fagan to slide home at the near post to level matters.

Instead of settling for a point, Rimington pushed forward and were rewarded in the last minute when Dinsdale broke away and finished from a tight angle.

History was then made as they retained their title with a hard-fought win at Edenfield.

Ben Allen thumped in the opener on seven minutes, and a minute later Chris Heslop fired in number two with the aid of a deflection.

The home side pulled one back with a shot into the corner, however, and then equalised just before the break.

Within two minutes of the restart, Edenfield took the lead thanks to a curling free-kick which found the top corner, but the visitors were awarded a free-kick 25 yards out from which Lloyd thundered home to level matters.

Rimington now pushed on and Lloyd’s low hard drive was spilled by the keeper and Allen reacted swiftly to nod home.

Lloyd saved the best until last when he curled home a beauty to end the contest.

In between came the President’s Cup final at Padiham, where Rimington lost 2-1 to Enfield, who finished third in the league.

Lloyd had equalised for Rimington in the second half, but Edenfield, despite being reduced to 10 men, nicked a winner with just four minutes remaining.

Rimington still have the Craven Cup to go for, and tonight they travel to Bentham to face the home side in a replay (kick-off 6-45 p.m.).