Ripon City will spend their two week gap without a fixture regrouping after a shaky start to the season, according to club secretary Andy Young.
Ten-man City were drubbed 4-1 at Beeston St Anthony’s on Saturday, with Kyle Fox’s late consolation goal providing the only cheer.
But this Saturday’s Whitworth Cup clash against Killinghall Nomads has been called off after Nomads folded and City have a further week before they return to West Yorkshire League action.
Beeston ran into a two-goal lead on Saturday before City defender Daz Simpson saw a spot-kick saved.
The home side then added a third as the half ended.
And the former champions scored a penalty of their own after the restart when James Mason was sent off for a last man challenge.
City stopped the floodgates opening, and Fox slotted home a late consolation.
Young said Simpson’s missed spot-kick and a glorious chance soon after was the turning point.
“We should have got it back to 2-2,” he said.
“It certainly wasn’t as bad as the scoreline suggested.
“That was the first penalty Daz has missed in the two years he has been at the club. It was a good strike but the ‘keeper made a great save.”
Fox’s introduction from the bench gave City a “major positive” and Young predicted the 16-year-old has a bright future.
“He’s an excellent prospect. He’s a very tall lad for his age,” he said.
“We put him in against Beeston away, that shows how much confidence we have in him. He didn’t look out of place at all.”
James Charlesworth and Adam Robinson also continued their return to fitness as they came off the bench to get yards in their legs.
Forward Tom Leeming will be back available for the next game after finishing the cricket season.
“We now have a two week break to regroup and get everyone fit,” said Young.
The Beeston defeat dropped Charlie Brown’s side down to ninth, 10 points adrift of leaders Bardsey.
But Young said the management were confident a run of easier games would see a return to the club sailing high in the table.
He said: “The league is so tight, if we had won on Saturday we would have been up to fourth.
“It only needs a couple of decent results and we will be right back up there.”