Chuffed Ripon City boss Charlie Brown has told his Ripon City players they must maintain their high standards to make sure there are no slips-ups.
City returned to action after two matchless weekends when they battered Kippax 5-1 at Mallorie Park on Saturday (full report pg. 83).
Adam Robinson and Joe Knowlson both scored twice and Duncan Terry also fired in as Brown’s side were totally dominant against the West Yorkshire League’s basement boys.
The victory pulled City back into the mix in seventh but they face a tricky away trip to in-form Field this Saturday.
City gaffer Brown was happy with the Kippax demolition, but still regretted a missed opportunity to improved their troubled goal difference (-1).
“We could’ve made a real statement,” he said.
“We have missed four or five great chances.
“We needed to win and win well. And that’s what we did.
“For a bit more composure, we could’ve come out with a cricket score.
“That’s as close as you will get to getting a double figure game. We should’ve done.
“But at least it gets our goal difference back up to near scratch.”
Despite the glorious chances spurned, the gaffer took the positives out of gaining three points.
He added: “We knew it’s the bottom of the league we were playing, but we had to go and beat them.
“We have to turn those type of sides over. That’s a great start.”
City had missed two weekends of league and cup action before the Kippax tie and Brown was relieved to get his players back playing together.
And the gaffer was able to introduce two new faces as former Boroughbridge goalkeeper Tom Sowerby and defender Ashley Atkinson made their debuts.
Atkinson used to ply his trade at Knaresborough Town before an injury setback left him out of the game for more than a year.
The towering centre-back put in a composed outing on Saturday, rarely threatened by Kippax’s try-hard frontmen.
And his new gaffer was full of compliments for his “quality centre-back”.
Brown added: “Ash was superb. I have been chasing him since pre-season.
“We are very lucky to be able to get hold of him and try keep hold of him. Knaresborough wanted him back.
“He’s one of those players that has no frills, he just consistently does it.”
“It’s a great signing for us.”
With his squad almost complete, Brown is looking at his squad to consistently control games with a high tempo.
He said: “I have told them they are a good side but we haven’t done it consistently.
“We kept urging them to keep the tempo up. When you keep the tempo up you force mistakes.
“Today’s another step on the ladder to doing that.”
City will welcome forward Tom Leeming back into the squad but James Charlesworth’s long term injury flared up before Saturday’s match and he is a likely casualty.
James Mason also returns from suspension but Mark Tyson remains out through injury.
Field have been in flying-form this season, winning six of their 10 matches as they lie third behind runaway leaders Leeds City and Bardsey.
He said: “They have scored 15 or 16 goals in their last three games. They are one of the form teams in the division.
“It’s always difficult to go there. But if we play like we did on Saturday we can get something out of it.
“When you have the audacity to believe you are up with those sides, they are hard games but they are hard games as well for them.”
City have been drawn to play Kirk Deighton in the Whitworth Cup second round on October 19.
Bardsey’s 6-1 victory over Otley Rovers on Saturday set up a West Riding County Cup second round tie against Brown’s men after Ripon had been given a first round bye.