Relief as Ripon City handed points

Ripon City in action against Boroughbridge
Ripon City in action against Boroughbridge

Ripon City manager Paul Vincent says he is relieved his side won’t have to replay their abandoned clash with Whitkirk Wanderers after being handed the points.

City’s clash at second-bottom Wanderers was abandoned in March after the home side fell down to six men, with the score at 2-2 and 20 minutes left to play.

West Yorkshire League officials have granted the victory to Vincent’s team, lifting them up to fourth in the Premier League.

City travelled to Bardsey last night, a week after knocking the league leaders out of the League Cup, and they host mid-table Field on Saturday (kick-off 2.30pm).

Vincent said he was glad the decision was made and it should help out his former team and local rivals Boroughbridge.

He said: “If we had to take one point I would have taken it rather than have to replay the game. The last thing we wanted to do was replay the game.

“Whilst it’s really pleasing to get three points I wouldn’t want to go back there.

“It should also help out Boroughbridge, without sounding patronising I hope they stay in the league which I am sure they will.”

City were missing several players for yesterday’s contest with injuries and work commitments. And, whilst Liam Gaffney and Matt McGlinchey remain out, James Mason should return for Saturday.

Vincent maintains his ambition of finishing in the league’s top five and says his players must play for their cup final places.

He said: “It’s just the case of lifting the players for a mundane game when you are seeing the league games out.

“That’s why I am trying to put as much emphasis on a top five finish.

“It is about year on year progression. We could finish seventh or eighth again but we are always striving for the best position we can.”

City edged past Field 2-1 away earlier in the season and Vincent expects his side to be good enough again to get three points.

He said: “You never know what you are going to get with Field. They have good results then they have bad results.

“They will come and battle but if we get everyone on the pitch we should have enough.

Vincent added he’s found it difficult to single anyone out for player of the season but gave special credit to skipper Adam Robinson.

He said: “I could name six or seven players that I could write down and pick the names out of the hat.

“Adam’s been exemplary in his attitude. It is an example to other players and he’s got that vocal presence on the pitch.

“He’s 100 percent committed and he genuinely wants to win every game.”