The battle of the top two produced a thrilling game in front of over 100 spectators, as Rimington secured the three points which sees them head the table going into the final straight.
Langho started on the front foot, pinning the home side back in their own half, but could not create a clear-cut opening. In fact, Rim opened the scoring with their first real attack in the sixth minute, when Lloyd broke away down the right before crossing to the back post where Dinsdale rose to head powerfully, Woodhead unable to prevent the ball finally reaching Penman who prodded it home.
Langho pressed forward in a bid to find the equaliser but were restricted to shots from outside the box. Rim defended resolutely as the visitors played some attractive football, but the home side were dangerous on the break and their more direct approach caused problems, Lloyd and Penman dominating the aerial battles, Sargeson & O’Neill threatening on the wings.
Sargeson created the next chance but Lloyd’s goalbound header was clawed away by the flying Woodhead. Blackburn then had an excellent chance but screwed his shot wide and so the half ended 1-0.
Rim came out for the second half and upped the tempo of their play which soon led to the next goal, Dinsdale firing in a 20-yard effort which flew into the top corner to make it 2-0.
The visitors continued to play their patient, passing game and they finally pulled a goal back when Blackburn found enough space in the area to send a looping header over Kershaw. The champs showed their resolve and dug deep, Walmsley bossing the midfield giving Dinsdale licence to get into the box and he made it 3-1 when an O’Neill throw-in fell kindly for him to volley in for his second of the game.
Even the introduction of Dent and Heyes failed to halt the Rim juggernaut as the visitors tried to get back in the game. The fourth goal followed as Lloyd cut into the area only to be brought down by Woodhead, he made no mistake from the spot to end any doubt as to where the three points were heading.
Terry Braithwaite was full of praise for his side saying: “We showed great spirit as always, but when Langho were in the ascendancy we stuck at it and created the better chances I thought. Sometimes you have to accept that you can’t knock the ball around all the time to get a result. We had a plan we thought would give us the win and so it turned out. Langho play a lovely brand of football and they may win the league, but not only can we play we can mix it when we have to, and that might just be crucial.”
The Presidents Cup semi-final takes place at Hurst Green tonight with a home league game on Saturday, 2-15 p.m. kick-off as Rim look to stay top of the pile.