Rimmington go down fighting in title chase

Rimington will look to reclaim their title next season
Rimington will look to reclaim their title next season

Draws against the top two - Burnley Athletic and Ivy - ended Rimington’s reign as East Lancashire League champions after six titles on the trot.

A patched up side went to title hopefuls Burnley, and put in a performance full of character.

The villagers took the lead on the hour as Heslop’s free kick found Dinsdale, who headed back across for Blackburn to nip in and head home.

Burnley bounced straight back with a shot deflected past the stranded Kershaw, but with 18 minutes remaining, Heslop retrieved the ball as a defender tried to shepherd it out, and he pulled it back to McLean, who rammed the ball home for 2-1.

Three minutes later, Hickling was flattened by an Athletic player, who received a red card, and this seemed to galvanise the home side – a minute later they were level again, a left foot shot flying in past an unsighted Kershaw.

The final league game of the season saw the champions-elect Ivy snatch a last-gasp equaliser with seconds remaining.

Ivy started brightly and went one-up on 15 minutes.

McCarthy bravely blocked the first shot, but the striker was quickest to react as he thundered home from 20 yards.

The home side were soon level as Fagan released Baygot, who beat two defenders before squaring to Dinsdale, who rifled in.

Inside the last 10 minutes, Fagan crossed for Dinsdale to head home for 2-1.

Ivy threw everything forward, and got their reward as top goalscorer Gallagher beat the off-side trap to round Kershaw, to equalise with just 10 seconds left.

Boss Terry Braithwaite was full of praise for his men: “We wanted to show that we wouldn’t give up our crown without a fight, and now we need to possibly sign a couple of players, and have a good pre-season so we are ready to try and reclaim our title.”