‘Naive’ City continue winless start to 2014

hsb  Ripon v Horbury  (140118M2b)

hsb Ripon v Horbury (140118M2b)

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Charlie Brown bemoaned another two points dropped from the clutches of victory as Ripon City extended their winless start to 2014.

City let slip a two-goal lead in the final 15 minutes against Horbury Town on Saturday as the visitors snatched a 3-3 draw with the last kick at Mallorie Park.

The single point dropped City into seventh in West Yorkshire Premier, four points off rivals Boroughbridge in the coveted fifth spot.

Hunslet will become the sixth side to travel to Mallorie Park in a row this Saturday (kick-off 2pm).

City have yet to face league newcomers Hunslet this season, but they beat them in the League Cup quarter-finals last campaign.

And, ahead of the relegation-troubled side’s visit, Brown urged his players to knuckle down when they get on top.

He said: “We are still a bit naïve.

“When you are 3-1 up, you have to start to close the game down and deal with things better.

“We have managed one out of the last six points available and we only have ourselves to blame.

“Hunslet have certainly been struggling but they are the type of team we have failed to see off.

“They will be a typical hard-working, and physical, West Yorkshire side.

“We will have to overcome that.”

Brown was able to take the positives from debutant Ben Jones’ showing after the marksmen opened his City account ten minutes into his opening start.

Jones was given the full 90 minutes to impress as City were without Tom Leeming, Paul Vincent, Liam Gaffney and Ashley Atkinson.

Goalkeeper Josh Avery also pulled out minutes before kick-off due to a thigh strain and Mark Tyson filled in between the sticks.

“We had a few lads missing and we were down to the bare bones. But that was no excuse,” added Brown.

“Ben had a really excellent game.

“He looked a handful throughout and I am sure he enjoyed playing, although not the result.”

Joe Knowlson and Kyle Fox were also on target for City but two “scruffy” goals earned Horbury a share of the spoils.

Brown questioned the referee’s decision to award the last minute free-kick which the visitors pulled level from.

“The ball bounced up and both players went up with high feet,” he said.

“No foot was higher than the other.

“It was quite contentious, but once it gets to one goal in it you are always prone to those dubious decisions.

“Looking on league points I would have said we would get three points. But we haven’t, and that’s disappointing.”