Rimington Reserves ease to home victory

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Wind, rain and hailstones didn’t make for ideal playing conditions in this combative encounter between two teams seeking to move further up the league table.

The robust Belvedere side enjoyed the greater amount of possession in the opening stages, and only resolute defending, in particular,from Sean Mansfield and Michael Cox, kept the lively Burnley forwards from opening the scoring.

Rimington were finding it difficult to make any meaningful opportunities for their forwards, and it was against the run of play when they took the lead on the half hour mark.

Captain Mark Leach made a surging run into the box and timed his leap to perfection to power a header into the back of the net from Luke Conti’s driven corner.

Rimington opened the second half strongly as Aaron Ripley and Oliver Quigley gradually began to win the war of attrition in midfield.

Conti increased Rimington’s lead on the hour with a typically powerful run and cool finish, following good work from Cox and Ripley.

Crucial tackles and interceptions from James Hartlebury and Ian Czapowski stifled any hopes Belvedere had of reducing the deficit.

Conti then added a third after fine play from Luke Green and Quigley gave him the opportunity to outpace the Belvedere central defenders and slot the ball home.

Aiden Ratcliffe made a welcome return on the wing after his horrendous injury problems and did enough in the final 20 minutes to show his pace and talent will trouble many opposing defenders in the weeks to come.