Stalemate for Rimington

Chris Heslop
Chris Heslop

A draw was probably a fair result as both sides had few chances to win a game which was dominated by the referee.

The home side had the majority of the play in the first half, but as the match was continually stopped for free-kicks, their chances were limited to long-range strikes – Kershaw commanding his area whenever crosses were sent over.

For the visitors, even without much possession, the chances were clearer cut and Walsh made a great run into the box early on, but couldn’t find the right connection with his shot.

Lloyd and Heslop had efforts which were ably dealt with by the keeper, and when he was beaten by a Lloyd header following an excellent run and cross from the right by McLean, it looped just over.

Rimington were denied a penalty when Walmsley was fouled, but as he tried to stay on his feet, the referee accused him of diving!

In the second half the visitors were dangerous from set pieces, and Dinsdale had two headers which almost broke the deadlock.

As they pressed for the winner, Forest had two excellent chances, Kershaw tipping a curler around a post and then throwing himself at the feet of a forward when one-on-one.

The referee then turned down a penalty appeal from the home side.

Terry Braithwaite was philosophical about the result: ‘This is not an easy place to come to, Forest have given us two tough games this season, but neither side were allowed to play constructive football.

“We will have to see if this result is costly or not at the end of the season.”

On Saturday, Rimington have a Presidents Cup tie against BGSOB at Townley Park, followed by a trip to Read on Tuesday.

Final Score: Pendle Forest 0, Rimington 0