Rimington march on in push for the treble

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THREE games in five days saw Rimington march into two cup finals while maintaining their three-point lead at the top of the East Lancashire League.

First they won through to the Craven Cup Final with a hard-fought 4-2 victory in the replay versus Rolls.

The home side went ahead through a touch of brilliance by Sargeson as he delightfully chipped the keeper from the edge of the area.

The visitors equalised through a volley into the far corner, which gave Kershaw no chance.

Dinsdale put Rimington in front once more and skipper Oli McLean made it 3-1 after being set up by an incisive pass from Walmsley.

Rolls set up an exciting finish when they pulled a goal back, but Lloyd put the tie beyond doubt with five minutes left with an excellent header.

Two nights later saw another semi-final, this time against BGSOB at Hurst Green, as a tired Rimington did just enough to get through.

Fine work on the right between Hutchinson and Eglin resulted in Dinsdale powering home a header early on, and McLean made it 2-0 when he swivelled in the area before unleashing an unstoppable shot.

The villagers created more openings as they dominated the half but could not extend their lead.

Burnley came back into the game in the second half and some stern defending along with some excellent saves by Kershaw were required to keep the clean sheet intact.

On Saturday, a home fixture against bottom-of-the-table Stacksteads saw a fine 6-1 win.

Rimington played some excellent football early on and Ben Allen opened the scoring after fine work from Sargeson.

Tootle made it 2-0 after another great move, and McLean’s cross-shot found it’s way in to make it 3-0.

The visitors had their keeper to thank for keeping the scoreline respectable as the home side ran amok, but he was powerless to prevent the fourth goal in the first half as Allen grabbed his second.

Chances came and went for the home side until Heslop found the bottom corner with a right-foot volley, a rare effort with his ‘wrong’ foot.

The visitors grabbed a consolation through a Farragher free kick before Sargeson wrapped up the game with a clinical finish.