Skipper return key - Vincent

hsb  Ripon City v Oxenhope Recreation.  (121117M3c)
hsb Ripon City v Oxenhope Recreation. (121117M3c)

Ripon City boss Paul Vincent hopes the return of captain Adam Robinson from injury will fire his squad back on the winning trail.

City dropped points for the third match in a row on Saturday when they squandered the lead to Otley Town in the final minute.

Daz Simpson had put City 1-0 up from the penalty spot after Joe Knowles was brought down but a 94th minute equaliser turned Vincent’s feeling into despair.

Despite the disappointment, Vincent said he would take the positives out of the game and look ahead.

He said: “We’ll keep plugging away. Competition for places is healthy still and there is still a good spirit in the dressing room. There’s a togetherness in the squad.We just have to create our own luck.”

The draw left Vincent’s side in fourth place in the West Yorkshire League Premier but having played at least three more games than other teams around them.

“I was really disappointed and it felt like we had lost but if we keep creating these chances it will come,” Vincent said.

“Mark Rimmer had very little to do in goal. Their manager celebrated as if they had won the cup.

“To some extent we showed naivety. We had a lead and we were still trying to score more goals rather than take it into the corner.”

The club’s top goalscorers this season, Robinson and Duncan Terry should return for Saturday’s trip to Whitkirk Wanderers and Vincent hopes it will create an upturn in form in front of goal.

“We’ve missed Adam’s leadership on the pitch. It’s a real positive to have him coming back,” he said.

“Players are coming back to fitness at the right time.”

Vincent said 13th-placed Wanderers will provide the typical threat of a Leeds-based side but he wants his team to impose themselves as favourites.

“We know what we are going to get. It is always a battle there,” he said.

“They are not going to lay down and they are going to be whole hearted. We need to get back to winning ways to get back the confidence on the pitch.”

Vincent acknowledged the support the club received against Otley and said the upcoming Whitworth Cup semi-final and a League Cup quarter-final against local rivals Boroughbridge should whet supporters’ appetite further.

“We had a great turnout. The crowd were willing the lads on,” Vincent added.

“The Boroughbridge game is going to be massive for the community. It doesn’t come much better.”