Ripon City must win well says boss Charlie Brown

NARG 1305022AM2 Ripon City V Horbury Town. Adam Robinson. (1305022AM2)
NARG 1305022AM2 Ripon City V Horbury Town. Adam Robinson. (1305022AM2)
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Ripon City boss Charlie Brown wants to see an end to his side’s see-saw results when then return to action from a three-week break.

City were last in action on September 14 when Beeston powered past them 4-1.

After the demoralising loss, the gaffer was itching to get his players back into their red and black shirts and onto the pitch again.

But Killinghall Nomads pulled out of their Whitworth Cup encounter before last weekend’s clash was rearranged due to a charity reunion dinner at Mallorie Park.

City return to action at home to basement boys Kippax on Saturday, but the gaffer is unconcerned by their opponents’ lowly standing.

Brown said: “I’m not bothered at all about Kippax. What we need to do is get our game in order.

“We haven’t shown any consistency.

“When we get our best side out we can beat anybody, the down side is, anyone can beat us.

“We need to put in a convincing performance. Just scraping the three points won’t be good enough.

“We have to play to our potential.”

Brown’s boys have since fallen to 11th in West Yorkshire Premier, but two wins from their games in hand would put them back into the league’s top five.

The gap between fixtures has come at a critical time for Brown, who feels he has had too long dwelling on the Beeston nightmare.

He added: “On the back of a defeat we needed to get back on it. It made us look like we are having a topsy-turvy season.

“We have to get back on a level track but you need games to do that. It is wonderful what a win does for the club.

“This season when one goal goes in against us you feel like that could be us gone.

“Once you get into the habit of winning games, you get into the habit of getting goals back.”

Most league rivals are in County Cup action this weekend but City have been handed a bye into the second round.

League champions Bardsey are likely opponents in round two and Brown said that was “probably the hardest draw possible.”

The break has allowed defender Simon English and forward James Charlesworth to continue their recover from injuries

Brown added: “We maybe rushed Simon back a little.

“Fortunately this has given him that breathing space so in one way it’s not been a bad thing.”