Ripon City eye prize Bardsey scalp

Ripon City in action
Ripon City in action

Ripon City gaffer Charlie Brown believes his skilful charges have built up enough steam to ruin Bardsey’s cup dreams once again.

But he called on his forwards to be more clinical after watching his side spurn several glorious opportunities at Otley Rovers on Saturday.

City ran out comprehensive 2-0 winners over the West Yorkshire Premier’s second worst performers, but it wasn’t until the 80th minute when Adam Robinson wrapped up the three points.

Joe Knowlson had earlier broken the deadlock in the first half as the Red and Blacks leapt to eighth in the table, three points below East End Park in fifth with two games in hand.

Brown’s men will put the league to one side this weekend when they tackle leaders Bardsey in the West Riding County Cup on Saturday.

City overcame Bardsey in the semi-finals en route to their historic League Cup success last season.

And with the West Yorkshire Champions arriving at Mallorie Park in the County Cup second round, Brown wants his players to draw to be galvanised by that triumph.

“Over the last few seasons we have given as good as we get from Bardsey,” the coach said.

“The side we have know we can beat them.”

James Mason and Ashley Atkinson could miss the contest but Brown expects Simon English to recover in time to after missing Saturday’s victory.
Duncan Terry will also come back in, but fellow forward Tom Leeming is unavailable.

Brown added: “The lads know they have to go out and play at a high tempo.

“When we do that we are certainly on a par with anyone in this division and we can blow teams away.

“Bardsey will play with that tempo, and we have to match their workrate.”

Assistant boss Alistair Hogg returned in goal against Otley after new recruit Tom Sowerby suffered a broken toe.

But the veteran stopper had the easiest of times in the City net, without a shot to save in the first hour.

Brown said his forwards must improve in front of goal, but he was happy to collect three points.

“We are not missing the chances on purpose but we have to be more clinical,” he said.

“The good thing was that we created the chances.

“If it clicks, someone will be on the end of a tonking.”