Boss Hogg quiet on Ripon future despite derby loss

Ripon's Duncan Terry. (1411011AM4)
Ripon's Duncan Terry. (1411011AM4)

Ripon City manager Alistair Hogg admitted his side would be in ‘dire trouble’ if they continued to miss chances following their 4-2 defeat to Boroughbridge on Saturday.

Daz Ekin’s side progressed to the Third Round of the West Riding County Challenge Cup after defeating their local rivals and fellow league strugglers at Mallorie Park Drive.

Both managers had promised fireworks before the game but it was only Ekin’s side who exploded early on, scoring two goals in the opening six minutes through Stephen Coles and Mike Mullenger.

Hogg’s men settled into the game as the first half progressed and managed to pull themselves level through a brace from former ‘Bridge talisman Ben Jones.

However, Ripon City couldn’t capitalise on their dominance at the beginning of the second half with an in-form Paul Diamond in the Borouughbridge goal proving the difference.

Those missed chances came back to haunt Hogg’s side as the visitor’s settled the tie with two goals in the final ten minutes from Ross Mardon and an unfortunate City own goal.

Hogg said: “Boroughbridge put their chances away and we’re really disappointed, as we would be. It’s a game we could have won but we missed glorious chances. No disrespect to Boroughbridge as they’re in the next round and we aren’t.

“We went 2-0 down after six minutes through two defensive errors and we got back to 2-2 but we really didn’t want the half-time whistle to come.

“The lads saved themselves a rollicking at half-time but we still missed three absolutely guild-edge chances when we smashed the ball straight at the keeper.

“In the end that came back to haunt us like it does every week.As they say chances win matches and we will be in dire trouble if we don’t start putting our chances away.”

Boroughbridge will now host Campion FC, based in Bradford, who are currently seventh in the Premier Divsion of the West Riding County Amateur Football League.

The third round tie will take place on December 6 and Ekin said that he hopes the cup victory will give his side confidence ahead of their match against league-leaders Field on Saturday.

He said: “It was a great win and we’re very happy. I thought it was a good game with both teams going for the win, but the bragging rights are ours for now.

It was also good to see the goals going in again as it’s been a while since we scored four. Paul Diamond, Andy Layton and Tom Beasley in particular were outstanding but all of the boys put in a good shift, and this gives us a real boost before the Field game this Saturday.”

Hogg refused to be drawn on speculation surrounding his future at the club despite making a three game ultimatum following his side’s disappointing 3-1 loss to Hunslet Club on October 11.

Ripon have since convincingly beaten Pateley Bridge 5-1 in the District Cup but suffered defeats against Otley Town in the league before losing to bitter rivals Boroughbridge.

Hogg’s side currently sit 15th in the Premier Division, one point and one place above bottom club East End Park and the Ripon City manager said he is expecting a reaction from his players.

He said: “There is no game next week and I think that will give us the chance to recharge before playing Kirk Deighton the week after in the District Cup.

“They will not come and lie down but that’s another team and another game. I’m looking for a reaction but we will see what happens but It’s all over the pitch that we need that reaction.”

Ripon’s next league match is a tricky encounter against third place Oxenhope Recreation on November 22.