Skipton Town 2 v 7 Rimington FC (Craven Cup – 1st Round)
Craven & District Football League side Skipton Town welcomed East Lancashire League Division One side Rimington Football Club to the Daman Stadium in the Craven Cup 1st Round fixture this weekend. The visitors who signed former Blackburn Rovers midfielder David Dunn in the summer were looking to beat their Yorkshire rivals and progress into the second round of the competition.
The visitors started the stronger of the two sides and should have taken the lead after just two minutes, following a well worked corner which was cleverly cut back to Sam Langford but his strike at goal hit the post and rebounded to safety.
Rimington Football Club took the lead on three minutes, when winger Chris Bailey played in Joel Phelps who cut into the Skipton area before slotting the ball into the top corner of the goal leaving the home keeper Daniel Miller with no chance making the score 0-1.
On eleven minutes, the visitors extended their lead when an Oliver Devenney corner found James Tootle at the back post and he headed the ball past Dianel Miller in the Skipton goal to make the score 0-2.
The home side pulled a goal back on twenty-two minutes, when the visitors switched off and a quick free kick went across the penalty area to left winger Polignone who slotted the ball home to make it 1-2 to the visitors.
Rimington added a third goal on twenty-seven minutes as a Chris Bailey cross was headed away by the Skipton defence. The ball fell to Micky Tomlinson at the edge of the area and he calmly slotted the ball home from eighteen yards.
Skipton Town continued to work hard and had alot of the ball towards the end of the first half, however the final decision or poor pass let the home side down and stopped them from adding further goals, as they went in at half-time 1-3 down.
There were a number of points raised by the Skipton Town manager at half-time the first being to pass the ball better and the second to move the ball quicker. The players seamed to get the message in the opening ten minutes, with some excellent passing and a few half chances that they failed to convert.
On fifty-four minutes, the visitors added a fourth goal following a cross from the left which was headed back across the box by Ryan McCarthy for James Tootle to score his second goal of the game and make the score 1-4.
Just after the hour mark, the referee made a massive error as the home side had three efforts from just six yards out, the first was blocked by a defender on the line the second effort was palmed away by the visiting goalkeeper Walker and the third was cleared clear of any danger. However the second effort was about a foot over the line before the keeper cleared the ball and should have been Skipton’s second goal.
Shortly after the disallowed goal, tempers started to rise following a number of incidents off the ball involving the visitors left-back Sam Langford, who continued to wind up the home players about the goal. It all came to a head following a foul in the middle of the pitch with a number of players coming together before being stopped by the referee.
Rimington added a fifth goal on seventy-four minutes and finished the game as a competition, when a long ball over the top finds Matt Bagot who slowed the play down before slotting Joel Phelps in to score his second goal of the game amking it 1-5.
On seventy-seven minutes, Miles Thompson added a second goal for the home side after visiting keeper Walker made a fine initial save, only to see Thompson tap the ball over the line from about two yards to make the score 2-5.
The visitors added a sixth goal with eleven minutes to go another great strike from Micky Tomlinson who struck the ball from the edge of the area after being set up by Alex Wood to make it 2-6.
Rimington completd the scoring on eighty-seven minutes as Joel Phelps collected the ball on the left-wing before out running three defenders into the penalty area before smashing the ball off the goalkeeper and into the goal to complete his hat trick and making the full- time score 2-7.
Skipton Town – Miller, Jenkinson, Mountain, Barker, Polignone, Dwyer, Nicholson, Cox, Scott-Crawford, Thompson, Cartman (Subs) Nicholson, Coope
Rimington FC – Walker, Tyrrell, Langford, Tomlinson, McCarthy, Murphy, Wood, O.Devenney, Tootle, Phelps, Bailey (Subs) Bagot, Dakin, Smith, F.Devenney
Goals – (Skipton) Polignone, Thompson (Rimington) Phelps (3), Tootle (2), Tomlinson (2)
Attendance – 16