Ripon City ended their three game losing streak in emphatic fashion on Saturday as they coasted past last season’s runners up Oxenhope Recreation 5-1.
Ali Wilson was at the double as Charlie Brown’s men ran riot at Mallorie Park
Joe Knowlson, Rob Mortimer and Daz Simpson, from the penalty spot, also made the score-sheet before Recreation grabbed a consolation.
The remarkable turnaroud from last week’s 6-0 pummelling at home to Leeds City has pulled Brown’s boys up to eighth in West Yorkshire Premier League.
And club secretary Andy Young said it had given the side a “massive” confidence boost ahead of this Saturday’s trip to 2012 league winner Beeston St Anthony’s.
“It’s done the club the power of good,” said Young.
“We have a very tough game at Beeston but we are going there with a full squad and hope that we can get a result.”
Brown kept faith with much of the team that fell down to Leeds but he brought experienced goalie and assistant manager Alistair Hogg, , into the side.
Hogg pulled off several high quality saves in a performance Young branded “excellent”.
“We brought him back because Oxenhope are such a big side. They are huge physically and we wanted his experience in goal,” Young added.
“He controlled his box and spoke to the back four throughout. He made several very crucial saves.”
Young said, having already lost to champions Bardsey, rivals Boroughbridge and Leeds, another defeat could have sent City spiralling.
But the management laid down what was needed prior to Recreation’s visit.
“If we had lost we would have lost four on the trot. It would have been a completely different picture,” added Young.
“We were very disappointed against Leeds City. We asked the players to show character to respond.
“Every player responded. They all stuck to the job which they were asked to do.
“It was the best performance of the season by far.”
James Charlesworth and Adam Robinson return to the squad for this weekend’s line-up as boss Charlie Brown has a full squad at his disposal.
Young added: “Beeston are an extremely experienced West Yorkshire side.
“They will be very physical and we will need to be at our best again.”