Ribblesdale Wanderers out to avoid the drop

Ribblesdale Wanderers can still avoid the drop
Ribblesdale Wanderers can still avoid the drop

Ramsbottom Cup winners Ribblesdale Wanderers’ slim hopes of avoiding relegation to Section B are still alive after a 17-run derby win at home to Whalley.

With only two games to play, Barnoldswick - champions just two seasons ago - were consigned to the drop on Saturday.

But Wanderers can still escape as they have three games remaining, including a game in hand on third-bottom Oswaldtwistle, who hold a 25-point advantage over the Church Meadow side.

On Saturday, Wanderers were dismissed for 128, as Dave Howard claimed 6-33.

But that proved sufficient, as Whalley were bowled out for 111 in reply.

Wanderers were 46-2 off 13 overs, Howard with both wickets, but they slipped to 97-5 off the next 14 overs as Simon Gorton got in on the act with two wickets.

Gorton added a third at 102, before Howard ripped up the tail to finish with a six-fer, while Gorton claimed 4-47.

In reply, Wanderers had Whalley at 43-3, removing Mark Fallon, professional Mota and chairman Richard Palmer.

And although the visitors moved to 101-6 off 33, they could only add another 10 runs for the loss of their last four wickets, as Wanderers held on to win.

Wanderers host Baxenden at Church Meadow on Saturday and are at Victory Park to take on already-relegated Barnoldswick on Sunday.