April 2, 2014
NORTHERN COUNTIES SENIOR COMPETITION
RIMINGTON FC 0 BEVERLEY TOWN FC 1
Rimington represented the West Riding County against the East Riding champions from Hull in the semi-final of the Counties Cup only to lose to a disputed penalty in the 2nd half.
With the possibility of a final against Lancashire champions, Eagley, the stakes were high, and the villagers looked very nervous early on. a missed tackle in defence in the 3rd minute lead to a left-foot shot which thankfully failed to trouble Kershaw. The Humber Premier League side looked comfortable on the ball, playing with a strong wind at their backs and pushing our locals back into their own half for sustained periods. On 15, a free-kick just outside the box brought a good save from Kershaw, with the ensuing melee resulting in the ball being cleared off the line to safety. Beverley won several corners from which they caused a variety of problems, using the wind to curl the ball into the danger area, but Rimington’s dogged defending kept them at bay.
The villagers finally got some decent possession in the opposition half, Hickling’s turn and cross was almost met by Jackson, and the ex-Clitheroe man had the best chance of the half when he was found by Blackburn. He attempted to flick the ball over the keeper, who just got a touch on it, and in doing so slowed it down enough for a defender to hack it away off the line.
Fagan’s last-ditch tackle on 25 was perfectly timed, as he was the last man any error would have resulted in a red card for sure, Rimington hanging in with true spirit.
Both sides had one more chance before half-time, Beverley had a free-kick which only just sailed over the bar, and then Blackburn combined with Hickling whose cross was inches away from Walsh’s surging run into the box.
Into the 2nd half, and Rimington were hoping to use the wind to their advantage, but it was the Hull side who came out the blocks fastest, breaking away in the 46th minute only to be thwarted by Kershaw, but even he was powerless 4 minutes later, a ball through the channel and cross to a midfielder just 8 yards out, he amazingly struck a post when it seemed he was certain to score.
Rimington slowly began to get in the game, Tootle replacing Jackson to give more height up front, Blackburn and Hickling pressing forward from wide.
The decision which lead to the winning goal came in the 67th minute, a forward running into the box lost the ball to Hartley’s perfect tackle, however, the player went down under challenge from another player and the referee decided there was sufficient contact to award a spot kick. All the players appeared surprised by this, but the ball was struck straight down the middle to elude Kershaw. McCarthy came on for Blackburn, who had worked tirelessly, with Rimington going to 3 at the back, and they pushed on in search of the equaliser. The last 10 minutes was more the side we all know, and the pressure seemed bound to pay dividends, but they found the visiting keeper in no mood to be beaten. The last chance coming in the last minute, a free-kick just outside the box was curled over the wall by Hickling, but the keeper brilliantly tipped over to keep his team in front.
TB was obviously disappointed with the result, ‘ For some reason we never really got going for periods of the game, it was a huge pitch and I thought we would have passed the ball better than we did. I can’t knock the lads for effort, but sometimes that just isn’t enough. We needed someone to step up to the plate and provide a spark, and we didn’t on the day. Beverley deserved their win, and we wish them well in the final, although I would have preferred to lose to a better goal than the pen! I am very proud of what Rimington have achieved, to represent the whole of the West Riding was an honour for us all, and who knows, we may get there again.’
Pictures from the match can be viewed on the HU17 website.
WEST RIDING COUNTY TROPHY
April 2, 2014
CRAVEN FA MINORS 0 BRADFORD FA MINORS 5
April 2, 2014
SATURDAY 19 APRIL 2014 KICK OFF 2:00PM
HELLIFIELD SPORTS FC V BARNOLDSWICK TOWN FC RESERVES
TUESDAY 22 APRIL 2014 KICK OFF 6:30PM
CONONLEY SPORTS FC V GRASSINGTON UNITED FC
FINAL TO BE PLAYED FRIDAY 2 MAY 2014
April 2, 2014
TUESDAY 22 APRIL 2014
INGLETON FC V GARGRAVE AFC KICK OFF 6:45PM
THURSDAY 24 APRIL 2014
RIMINGTON FC V SEDBERGH WANDERERS FC KICK OFF 6:45PM
BOTH ABOVE GAMES TO BE PLAYED AT SETTLE UNITED AFC GROUND