Rimington proudly fly the flag!

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EAST Lancashire League champions Rimington proudly flew the flag on Saturday when they knocked Huddersfield side Golcar out of the West Riding Cup.

The West Riding County Amateur Premier side included former Huddersfield Town striker John McAliskey, and were widely tipped to go a long way in the competition. They looked clear favourites in the first quarter of this tie, going close within 20 seconds after robbing the ball from the home side, but sending a shot wide.

Rimington struggled to get a foothold, but took the lead against the run of play after 15 minutes, Eglin breaking away before finding Lloyd who beat his man and rammed the ball home. Midway through the half a loose, bouncing ball 20 yards out was volleyed just over by Eglin, and on 27 minutes, Rakshi picked up the ball wide on the right, and his jinking run was abruptly halted at the expense of a free kick. Sargeson’s effort was parried away, but Rakshi clipped the ball across the face of goal, where a defender sliced it into his own net. Soon after, Lloyd cut in from the left only to see his drive tipped over.

Golcar thought they had equalised on 35 minutes, but Kershaw brilliantly got down low to his left to keep the ball out. It fell to a winger who pulled it back to McAliskey on the penalty spot, but McCarthy bravely threw himself in front of the ball to block his goalbound strike. This was probably the turning point as Rimington were to score againwith just three minutes of the half left. Fagan’s run from full-back ended in a free kick which Sargeson took, and he found Lloyd diving in at the back post to head in.

The locals were rampant and created two more chances before half-time. Eglin had a shot parried away, Rakshi reacting to set up Lloyd, but the striker blazed over. However, in the last minute of the half, Hutchinson’s throw-in released Rakshi whose turn and low cross reached Eglin to make it 4-0.

Rimington did not let the interval affect their momentum, and Sargeson struck a free kick just over the bar and Lloyd had an effort tipped around a post. Rakshi terrorised the Golcar left side again and his ball across the face of goal was luckilly sliced away for a corner by a defender.

On 65 minutes Rimington added a fifth when Rakshi’s cross was headed out to Dinsdale, who fired in a shot which was parried by the keeper, Eglin reacting quickly to score his second. Rakshi and substitute Whittaker went close to adding to the score, while Kershaw made a brilliant tip around a post to protect his clean sheet.

Eglin hit the bar late on, but Terry Braithwaite was over the moon to see his side progress into the last 16, where they will travel to Ovenden.

FINAL SCORE: Rimington 5, Golcar United 0