West Yorkshire League: Ripon wary of big strong Brighouse

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hsb Ripon v Horbury. Matt McGlinchey'. (140118M2c)

Ripon City head into Saturday’s clash at Brighouse Old Boys wary of the hosts’ physical presence, according to boss Charlie Brown.

City are hunting down East End Park for a top five spot in West Yorkshire Premier, with rivals Boroughbridge just ahead of them in sixth.

The clash against Brighouse was abandoned earlier this season when City goalkeeper and assistant boss Alistair Hogg was knocked unconscious after taking a blow to his head.

And Brown said he expected another rough ride when his men go south on Saturday.

Ashley Atkinson, Daz Simpson and Matt McGlinchey are all in line for a return from injury.

“They are another mid-table side that work really hard,” he said.

“They have a big centre forward who we will have to cope with, who last time crashed into Hoggy when the game was abandoned.

“I am quite sure we can travel through with a decent squad.”

Four second-half goals ensured ten-man Ripon City returned to rampant form on Saturday as the Red and Blacks sank lowly Otley Town 5-1.

City had gone into the match on the back of two defeats and the visitors put them under pressure early at Mallorie Park

But Duncan Terry put City in front in the first half before early second-half strikes from Tom Leeming and Joe Knowlson put the game beyond Otley.

James Mason then saw red for a second yellow before reduced City found the net twice more through Ben Jones and substitute Steve Hodgson.

Otley had a man of their own sent-off later on, before the away side grabbed a consolation in injury time.

Brown said: “Without playing fantastically, we won quite convincingly.

“Credit to Otley. They started off very well and winning a lot of possession in midfield.

“They were quite physical with some big strong lads playing for them.

“But they never really bothered us on goal and when we started getting the ball down and passing, we were too good.”

With six matches to go, City lie four points behind East End Park with two matches in hand. Brown has scrubbed away any hope of catching Field in fourth, but he believes City should nail down fifth before the season closes.

On City’s table situation, Brown added: “If we can get three points on Saturday we have a cracking chance of moving up to fifth.”

Meanwhile, at the top of the table, Bardsey could wrap up the title this weekend with victory over Beeston St Anthony’s.

Bottom side Wetherby Athletic, who have former Ripon man Mark Forster at the helm, thrashed Whitkirk Wanderers 9-0 on Saturday to raise their chances in avoiding relegation.