Rimington knocked out of cup

Rimington were knocked out of the West Riding Challenge Cup by Premier side Alwoodley in a close game on Saturday.

The early exchanges were even, with both sides struggling to play with any fluency following a month's lay-off, but it became obvious to all those watching that the visitors were a quality outfit.

The first half was dominated by the defences, however Kershaw was the busier keeper and had to get down smartly to his left to keep the scores level, while Rob Lloyd had the home side's best chance when a defensive mistake let him in, but he seemed undecided whether to drill the ball or lob the keeper and in doing so did neither.

One fierce left foot strike from Heslop just flew past the top corner before the visitors opened the scoring just before half-time.

When the centre forward received the ball, he was in an off-side position, but the referee waved play-on and he calmly slotted home.

In the second half, Alwoodley pegged the home side back with some attacking football, and Rimington had to be content to play on the counter, and it wasn't until Dinsdale joined the action that things started to happen in the visitors' penalty area.

A foul on the substitute which led to the equaliser as he was brought down in the box and Lloyd made no mistake from the spot.

Alwoodley came back and it was no surprise when they regained the lead, after being foiled by two breath-taking Kershaw saves.

He was finally beaten as the visitors took advantage of an unlucky break off Clark to race through and score.

They extended their lead as Rimington pressed forward in search of the equaliser when the winger broke away before squaring to his striker to score.

Rimington showed their character and never-say-die spirit when Dinsdale rammed home with just four minutes left, but they just could not take the game into extra time.

Terry Braithwaite praised his team for their effort: "The better side won on the day but we have done well to get this far in a tough competition."

Saturday sees a Craven Cup replay at home to Bentham (kick-off 1-30 p.m.). Thanks to KIK of Chatburn for sponsoring last week's game, and groundsmen Phil Hodgson and Ian Wolfenden for their efforts.