Rimington v Skipton LMS at Skipton Town

6.30pm  19 May 2015

Craven FA, Challenge Cup Final at Skipton Town FC
Rimington 4 Skipton LMS 0 (att 108)

This must be the first time I've seen the same club play twice in 24 hours, but unlike the side LMS put out for the previous night's league game against Grassington this was the full-strength side.

Alas they were no match for Rimington, who won this season's East Lancashire League and seem to be the current dominant side in Craven district football.

They went ahead after 12 minutes, and doubled their lead by half time. Two more second half goals were enough to secure a comfortable win, and with better finishing they might have scored more.

LMS battled well, but were very much second best and once they went behind their chances of success looked slim.

It was pleasing to see this game, at Skipton Town's well-equipped Deman Stadium in Engine Shed Lane, as I'd turned up on the original date, 8 May, only for the game to be called off after a pre-match torrential downpour left the pitch waterlogged.

The ground, only a few yards from LMS's Sandylands home, has a two-story pavilion, with a couple of steps of cover built into the front. The near side of the pitch was taped off to stop spectators encroaching, while the far side has just enough room to stand between the pitch at the fencing that encloses the ground.

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