Mortimer thunderbolt guides City to deluge win

Rob Mortimer in action for Ripon City
Rob Mortimer in action for Ripon City

Charlie Brown believes match-winner Rob Mortimer has the talent to light up leagues “two or three divisions higher” than the West Yorkshire Premier.

Mortimer hammered in a magnificent goal as City opened their 2014 account with a 2-1 victory over struggling Hunslet Club on Saturday.

Brown said the defender, who can play across the back four, has been one of City’s most consistent players this season in his 18 appearances.

Mortimer has switched to left-back in City’s last ties, allowing Matt McGlinchey to play further forward.

Brown praised the converted full-back for a man of the match outing on Saturday.

“His goal was as good a strike you will see in any division,” said Brown.

“It was superb. He picked the ball up 10 yards inside their half, took it forward 15 yards and smashed it across the goal.

“He’s a very, very nice player. He could go on and play two or three divisions higher without a problem.”

Paul Abbott poked home City’s first on Saturday as Brown’s boys lead 2-0 at half-time at Mallorie Park.

The pitch had survived an early afternoon deluge to be passes playable by the referee but it cut up badly in the second-half.

And the struggling visitors made the most of the inclement conditions to pull a goal back midway through the second period.

Tom Leeming then had a strike controversially chalked off for off-side despite Pa Cisse seemingly crossing the ball backwards.

And City’s management team were made to sweat on the sidelines as goalkeeper Josh Avery pulled off two late saves to secure the win.

Brown added“It was never going to be a classic but the important thing was to get the three points.

If the referee had stopped it we wouldn’t have been able to pick fault.

“It was a battle for the second 45 minutes. We deserved the points.”

The victory moved sixth-placed City just one point behind rivals Boroughbridge, who exited the League Cup 4-3 at Otley Town.

But City are without a match this weekend, as scheduled opponents Oxenhope Recreation are in County Cup action.

With several injuries in the squad, Brown said a break from action would not harm City’s assault on the top four.

The Red and Blacks lie six points away from fourth-placed Field, but with a game in hand.

“We have to keep chipping away. For us to break into that top four would be great,” Brown added.

“The table is opening up for us.”