Rimington suffer setback in title hunt

Rimington boss Terry Braithwaite
Rimington boss Terry Braithwaite

Rimington produced Jekyll and Hyde performances over the week, as they lost their first home game in 18 months, before progressing to the Craven Cup semi-final.

Rimington went down 2-1 at home to lowly Rock Rovers in the league.

The first half ended all square, despite the villagers’ dominance, but after the break, Rock broke away to score the opening goal on the hour, and two minutes later a cross to the edge of the box was met by the striker, who found the bottom corner to make it 2-0.

Sargeson, on his return from injury, gave his side hope when he reduced the arrears with a smart volley, but Rovers dented Rimington’s title hopes.

Defending the Craven Cup, the clash of East Lancashire and Craven champions Skipton proved a one-sided affair. Rimington went ahead when Lloyd slammed home from close range from a corner.

The locals doubled the lead on 35 minutes as Dinsdale picked up the loose ball to cross for McCarthy to poke home.

And Rimington added a thiord when Heslop found Sargeson, who laid the ball back for Lloyd to hammer in a left-foot shot.

Meanwhile, holders Rimington Reserves won 2-1 at Embsay to book a place in the Norman Pratt Craven League Cup Final.

Embsay who surprisingly took the lead in the 25th minute against the run of play, before Conti equalised, firing into the bottom corner direct from a free kick.

The game appeared destined for extra time when a great cross from Corrigan was dropped by the keeper, and Hodges followed up to bundle the ball home and send Rimington into their fourth successive final.