CHAMPIONS Rimington had the edge in this early-season derby.
The wet conditions that prevailed on the day did nothing to dampen the expectations before this eagerly anticipated clash.
A nervy start led to chances at both ends in the opening few minutes, which neither side managed to capitalise on.
Rimington settled into their rhythm after the early passages of play, passing the ball well and creating a number of chances.
After 15 minutes, against the run of play, Hurst Green took the lead through Walker with a well-taken opportunistic strike from the left corner of the area, following a flick on from a throw in.
Rimington continued to dominate from this point with flowing moves down each flank leading to further chances.
This positive play was rewarded by two quick goals, the first an own goal resulting from a sliced clearance from a whipped cross from the left, the second scored by Heslop, who headed in a cross from the right at the far post as Rimington went in at half-time with a deserved lead.
Hurst Green started the second half very strongly and enjoyed long periods of possession throughout the half with some neat, incisive play.
Through this period the game took an interesting pattern with Rimington absorbing a lot of pressure whilst also creating good chances on the counter attack, and at times both goals looked under threat.
In the 80th minute, a through ball led to Kershaw bringing down a Hurst Green player as he entered the box, giving away a penalty. However, the Rimington keeper proceeded to save the spot kick magnificently, and the subsequent shot from the rebound.
This incident changed the momentum of the match and Rimington sealed the win two minutes from time when a cross from the right found O’Neill on the edge of the area, and he curled a majestic left foot strike into the top left corner of the goal to put the result beyond doubt.
Rimington would life to express their thanks to the match sponsors for the game, the Kings Arms, Clitheroe.
Final Score: Rimington 3, Hurst Green 1