Ovenden bow out of county cup

Ovenden West Riding failed in their bid to gain a quarter final place in the West Riding Challenge Cup when they were beaten 3-2 at home by a very strong and resolute Rimington side.

Ovenden’s first half display, which resulted in them being 3-0 down at one stage, was ultimately their downfall.

West Riding were the first to threaten against a pedestrian looking Rimington. John Booth and Steve Fullard were very much to the fore and kept the giant Rimington keeper Graeme Kershaw active.

However, the visitors took the lead against the run of play. Graham Hall’s lunging tackle 23 yards out produced a free kick and Tom Eglin’s strike proved too good for Chris Moroney.

This spurred the visitors who increased their advantage through Tim Rakishi and Craig Sargeson’s header.

Ovenden needed a response before the break and got it when Booth and Damien Randall combined to conjure up a chance for Fullard, who made no mistake from six yards.

West Riding were well on top in the second half and on 55 minutes Booth further reduced the deficit with a 20-yard strike.

The hosts piled on the pressure and Rimington were hanging on for long periods but West Riding could not break down Rimington, who went close a couple of times on the break.