Vincent urges troops to extend their run at home

hsb  Ripon City Manager Paul Vincent.  (120525M7a)
hsb Ripon City Manager Paul Vincent. (120525M7a)

Ripon City boss Paul Vincent is looking forward to Saturday’s home clash with Oxenhope Recreation, after five weeks on the road (kick-off 2pm).

City have racked up an impressive five wins out of five away games since they last played at home on October 6.

Now, the manager is urging his players to extend the run, and show they can shine anywhere.

He said: “We are in a great position, third in the table and one point off the top.

“We have had some very tricky away fixtures, now we have the comfort of a good surface and familiar surroundings.

“If we have any aspirations for the season, then we have to win at home this weekend.”

Oxenhope beat City 4-2 in the reverse fixture on the opening day of the West Yorkshire Premier season, and Vincent insists his team has changed and grown enough since then to be confident of getting a result.

He said: “They bullied us a bit on the first day of the season.

“But our team has changed massively since then.

“Our character has changed from then to get us where we are now.

“We know what Oxenhope are going to do, they are a big side so we will look to get the ball on the floor.

“If we can do that I am quite confident we can win.”

City beat FC RIASA 3-0 away from home in the League Cup to set up a third round tie away to Division One Hunslet Club.

Simon English, Matt McGlinchey and Daz Simpson were on target.

Reflecting on the game, the manager said: “It was 3-0 but to be honest it could have been double figures.

“It was very pleasing to get a clean sheet, but if we had taken our chances we would have scored a lot more.

“We looked in control at all times, and I thought Daz’s set pieces were excellent.”

Jack Emmett and Mark Rimmer are available for this weekend’s clash.

The manager said: “Jack is a great player, he has been away at university but will be back this weekend, and he wants to play.

“He is the sort of player the lads respect so there is no problem with him coming back into the team.”

City will check on a knock picked up by Duncan Terry at the weekend.

Meantime in the Harrogate Premier League, Kirkby Malzeard suffered a rough ride at the hands of Harlow Hill on Saturday, losing 1-0 at home.

John Pickard’s troops are back in action this Saturday, away at Clifford in the top flight. Over in the Teesside League, Thirsk Falcons hammered derby rivals Bedale FC 5-1 in Division Two.

Young, McCalmont and Rose were all in scoring form, McCalmont securing a superb hat-trick.

This weekend, George Peirse’s troops are in North Riding Saturday County Cup action at home to Grangetown Boys Club.

Richmond Town host Richmond Mavericks while Fishburn Park welcome Bedale FC.