West Yorkshire League: Season ‘not over’ as Ripon beat Shelley

NARG 1504254AMAM1 Ripon City V Shelley. Ripon's Duncan Kelly.  (1504254AM1)

NARG 1504254AMAM1 Ripon City V Shelley. Ripon's Duncan Kelly. (1504254AM1)

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Ripon City manager Steve Donoghue believes his side now have the confidence to survive after beating Shelley 3-0 at home on Saturday.

The win was Ripon’s first in the league since beating East End Park in November and moves Donoghue’s side off the bottom of the table ahead of rivals Boroughbridge.

After Brighouse’s 3-3 draw with East End at the weekend, Donoghue’s side are now seven points from safety with all three of their relegation rivals still to face this season.

The first of Ripon’s vital relegation clashes takes place on Saturday when they host Brighouse and Donoghue believes the Shelley victory will spark a streak of wins.

He said: “It was a great win but it was still just 0-0 at half time but I said to the lads that we had been by far the better team and if we get a goal we’ll win the game.

“Luca Cromtpon struck first to make it four goals in his last five games and then Kyle Fox and Duncan Terry scored to make it 3-0 with 30 minutes still to play.

“I did say before the game that it was a cup final and we needed to win. The lads were absolutely buzzing and at the end of the game the atmosphere was like a cup final win.

“We’ve got some big games coming up and I still believe, like I’ve been saying, if we get one league win then we will get three so let’s see if I’m right.”

Following the Brighouse clash on Saturday, Ripon then host local rivals Boroughbridge on May 6 and Donoghue said he is aiming to have 9 points behind him before travelling to East End on May 9.

He said: “I think there’s now a confidence in the side and they all believe that they can avoid relegation now that they have got that win over Shelley.

“Everybody in the club is now confident we can stay in the division. There’s still all sorts of permutations but we know now that our season is not over.”