Rimington Reserves seal title success

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RIMINGTON Reserves earned the win they needed to clinch the East Lancashire League Reserve Division title.

The match was played in heavy rain, and Rimington initially struggled to put their passing game together.

Zac Holgate gave Waddington a dream start with a superb strike, but Rimington responded with two goals each from Luke Conti and Mark Leach to lead 4-1 at the interval.

The second half was a more even affair, with a battling Waddington side pulling one back, before Anton Gawthorpe sealed the win and the title for Rimington.

In a highly-competitive league, Rimington have only lost three games, while scoring an impressive 94 goals.

Tom Eglin is the division’s top-scorer, well supprted by Conti, James Tootle, Micky Clarkson and Gawthorpe.

Midfielders Joe McTear, Charlie Collinge and Tom Farrar have dominated the majority of games, while the meanest defence in the league - Martin Lawson, Paul Keighley, Toby Barker, Paul Clark, Leach, Rick Whalley and keeper Mark Proctor - enjoyed an excellent season.

Vital contributions have also come from Ryan McCarthy, Henry Kay and Elliot Bywater.After securing the title for the second time in the club’s history, skipper Barker is relishing the prospect of a second-successive Craven Cup triumph for an historic double.

FINAL SCORE: Waddington Reserves 2, Rimington Reserves 5

League champions Dog Inn face an uphill struggle to retain their title after this disappointing defeat at Wilson’s.

The Whalley side were without several regulars, but took an early lead when a goalkeeping error gifted Chris Heslop an easy finish.

After Dog keeper James Scriven had made a number of good saves to keep them in the lead, slack defending handed Church a simple equaliser.

Church’s second, shortly before half-time, was virtually a carbon copy of their first goal and they netted again early in the second half.

Both sides missed good chances to score before a late Church goal put the game beyond doubt.

Manager Simon Kerins cut a disappointed figure after the game: “If we are going to relinquish our title, then we must do so with more than a whimper. Over the last few games, there have been too many instances of people feeling sorry for themselves and leaving others to take responsibility; If you go a goal down and tell yourselves you have lost, you will lose the game; if you rally - and we have shown our battling qualities so many times in the recent past - then you will always have a chance. Football is about the feet, the head and the heart; it saddens me to say it, but quite a few of our number seem to have small hearts at the moment.”

Dog visit title rivals Black Bull at Marl Pits on Sunday.

FINAL SCORE: Dog Inn 1, Church Town 4