Wilson’s Rimington advance in cup

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It was always going to be a tough job to fill the shoes of Terry Braithwaite.

But it’s so far so good for the club’s new incumbent Mark Wilson. The former Barnoldswick Town boss has guided his side to third in the league, though they have two games in hand on leaders New Mills.

In the first round of the West Riding County Cup, won by Rimington in 2013, they faced a Springhead outfit that had recently reached the semi-finals of the competition.

The hosts started brightly and opened the scoring within 10 minutes as Hickling swept the ball in to the roof of the net once McCarthy had headed Fagan’s set-piece in to his path.

After Walmsley was foiled by an excellent stop from Springhead’s stopper the visitors levelled on the counter from Hutchinson’s intercepted pass.

Jackson restored Rimington’s lead before the interval, firing home from an acute angle once Eglin’s effort from 20 yards out was spilled.

After the break, the away side equalised via a deflection off McCarthy but substitute Ball provided the delivery for Walsh to make it 3-2 at the far post. Walmlsey’s thunderous header from Hickling’s corner made it 4-2 in the 76th minute.

The arrears were reduced when Kershaw was beaten from the spot but the win was sealed in stoppage time when Jackson pounced on another rebound from Aspinall’s low drive to make it 5-3.

“This caps a positive start to the season,” said Wilson. “But we have to push hard in every game.”