City rebuild after 6-0 crushing

Ripon City and Boroughbridge in action

Ripon City and Boroughbridge in action

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“Embarrassed” boss Charlie Brown urged his Ripon City players to rekindle their flailing confidence after a third defeat.

City were hammered 6-0 by high flying Leeds City on Saturday, three days after losing to rivals Boroughbridge 3-1 at Aldborough Road.

And with another strong test against last season’s runners up Oxenhope Recreation at Mallorie Park on Saturday, Brown wants more from his senior players.

He said: “We are playing silent football at the moment.

“We need to get back to being noisy, busy and vibrant.

“A couple of defeats and the confidence is shot to pieces.

“We look down and capable of shipping a bucket load.”

City started brightly in Saturday’s contest but conceded three sloppy first half goals to hand Leeds the advantage.

The gaffer knew the game was all but up, and the defeat turned heavy in the second period with three more strikes for the visitors.

“Six-nil flattered them,” said Brown.

“Defensively we were poor. The goals have come from mistakes not through good incisive play.

“It’s a spanking. I can take one or two but at six, people say you have had a run around.

“It’s embarrassing to look at the league tables, and the results at the moment.

“We have to get our act together again and get ourselves ready for the next one.”

After three defeats and two wins, Ripon lie 12th in West Yorkshire League Premier.

Recreation’s visit on Saturday provides City with another stern test in front of their home supporters and the Keighley side have started the season winning three games out of five.

Brown said: “They are a big physical side. They are very capable of scoring a lot of goals,.

“They have a number of players that do get their foot in but they have kids that can play too. You don’t get anything from them.

“We have a lot of young lads in the side. It’s very easy to feel sorry for ourselves.

“But it is not doom and gloom. We have to work hard to get our confidence back.”

James Mason is continuing to return from injury. Striker James Charlesworth is also nearing a return.

And Brown indicated more signings could be on their way to strengthen the unit.

“We are looking at getting in players that have played at a level more than what we are playing now,” he added.