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Jimmy Bibby ready to help Rishton to spoil the party

Jimmy Bibby will play through the pain barrier to make sure he turns out in his last game for Rishton.

Jimmy Bibby will play through the pain barrier to make sure he turns out in his last game for Rishton.

The captain has said he will retire this season and wants to sign off in style but has been hindered by a freak accident.

"We were messing around in training and I tried to take a catch and obviously didn’t catch it," said the 39-year-old.

"I have dislocated my finger and am in a brace and have to go for an X-ray this week but even if I don’t play tomorrow, I will be there on Sunday in my final game, even if I am just standing around!"

Bibby’s side could have a say where the Lancashire League title goes as, if they beat Accrington tomorrow and Lowerhouse win, then the title goes back to Liverpool Road.

"Lowerhouse are obviously the favourites as one win will more-or-less do it for them, it’s Lowerhouse’s title to lose," said Bibby.

"But teams have blown up before, like Haslingden a couple of seasons ago, so you never know. I think Lowerhouse have two tough games in Nelson and Ramsbottom but we will be doing our best to spoil Accrington’s party, even though we get on well with the Accrington team and would like a Hyndburn team to win the league.

"Accrington seem to hang around near the top in most of the recent seasons, wait for teams to wobble and then pounce and they are doing it again this season."

Bibby admits he is happy with Rishton’s season, which has seen a late call-up for pro Daniel Salpietro – who has been a real find – and losing players without adding to their squad in pre-season.

"For us, the highest we can finish is seventh and the lowest is ninth and that is a good season as I think most people tipped us to finish bottom," continued Bibby.

"Our pro has been brilliant for us, we want him back, but he may have the pick of clubs for next season and we understand that.

"Still, he has done us a huge favour this season, coming in at the last minute and doing well for us."

Rishton have blooded 14-year-olds Nathan Sharrock and Brad Boddie this season and they have impressed.

"We have nicknamed them both ‘Bresnan’ as Nathan has played five times for us and we have won four and one was off – he hasn’t been on the losing side yet. Brad has played twice and won one and had one rained off so they have been lucky charms for us.

"But hopefully we will play both games this weekend.

"There will be nothing worse that being sat in the changing rooms all Sunday, I would like to go out on a high."

 
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