Red Arrows v Ripon City: Ripon bragging rights at stake

hsb  Ripon City v Rothwell.  (120922M1e)
hsb Ripon City v Rothwell. (120922M1e)

Bragging rights are at stake on Saturday when Ripon City go head-to-head against closest rivals Ripon Red Arrows in the Whitworth Cup (2.30pm).

The city of Ripon is already gearing up for the tie which pits the fourth-placed side in the West Yorkshire Premier with their Leisure Centre hosts Ripon Red Arrows, who are currently second in the Premier Division of the Harrogate and District League.

It’s a game City ought to win on paper – but Paul Vincent is warning against any complacency ahead of the showdown.

He said: “Local bragging rights are at stake and it’s a cup game so anything can happen.

“You really can forget about our respective league positions. This will be all about who wants it the most on the day.

“We’re playing well at the moment but you can’t read anything into that when it comes to a cup match.”

The players will need no introduction ahead of the match as several players face each playing Sunday football – or are already team-mates.

Vincent added: “We certainly won’t underestimate them at all.

“They are second in their league so they’re a useful side.

“The form book will go out of the window and this is a real game for the community of Ripon.

“The city seems to be buzzing about the match already and there should be a big gate at the leisure centre on Saturday.”

City geared up for the weekend’s game by securing a narrow 2-1 win at Field, their sixth win in 11 league games.

On a difficult pitch, City found themselves 1-0 down at the break, but the visitors kept their shape and their application in the second half brought them their rewards.

Vincent said: “In fairness we hit the post before the break and had two or three chances before half-time.

“They went in ahead at the break but I was really pleased with the way the lads dug in and showed spirit in the second half.

“Duncan Terry grabbed the equaliser after good work from Adam Robinson and then James Charlesworth got the winner and we could have had more, hitting the post twice and having a possible penalty turned down when Pierre Cisse was brought down.”

Liam Gaffney turned his ankle on Saturday but City are hopeful he will make Saturday’s match, along with Simon English who has been struggling with a knee injury.

Mark Marsden is also expected to be available for the Whitworth Cup clash, along with Kyle Baldwin.