RIPON City boss Charlie Brown is ready for their Whitworth Cup showdown against Knaresborough Town tomorrow (home 3pm ko).
City are currently on fire with back-to-back West Yorkshire Premier League wins, the latest of these a 2-1 victory over Carlton on Saturday.
‘Boro’ meanwhile come into the game on the back of a 2-0 loss at home to Bardsey.
“Of course one of us is going to go out in the first round,” said Brown.
“But we’ll have to play them sometime if we are going to win it. We want to win the Whitworth this season.”
On Saturday City once again showed their mettle to come back from a goal down to win a pulsating contest against a very good Carlton team.
They were unlucky to lose the lead when midway through the first half Tim Edney turned the ball into his own net.
Brown’s men however stood firm and levelled the match before the break when Duncan Terry drilled home the equaliser.
In the second half manager Brown sent on Luke Robinson who played like a syringe full of adrenaline.
He grabbed the all important second to hand City the points.
“I was delighted, it was a really good performance against a good Carlton side,” said Brown.
“The atmosphere around the club is great at the moment.
City Reserves went down at Brighouse 3-1. Their goal came from the promising Jack Herron. Tomorrow they are away to Ripon Red Arrows Reserves in the Hulme Cup.
BOROUGHBRIDGE bounced back from their recent Bardsey nightmare with a 1-0 win over Oxenhope on Saturday.
They travel to Beeston tomorrow. The heart was ripped out of the ‘Bridge side at the weekend with injuries, unavailability and captain Paul Eagling’s wedding day.
On Wednesday night they enjoyed a 1-0 victory over Harrogate Vets in the Charity Cup final. Mark Burneston scoring the goal.Paul Diamond was awarded the man-of-the-match award after another superb display between the sticks for ‘Bridge. The Vets team included former Everton defender Craig Short and Ripon City management team Charlie Brown and Paul Vincent.
This followed Saturday’s comeback against Oxenhope.
The goal on 69 minutes came from a Pullen throw to Frazer Lancaster who then found Clayton and the young winger went by two defenders before sliding the ball past Hudson. Diamond was man-of-the-match.
BOROUGHBRIDGE RESERVES beat East End Park 2-1. Steve Grainger and Paddy Inman scoring the goals. Man-of-the-match was Tom Hepworth.
BOROUGHBRIDGE A lost 3-2 against Burley, Andy Stephenson and Sean Corbett scoring for ‘Bridge. Man-of-the-match was Andy Stephenson. For a report on ‘Bridge’s Claro clash against Harrogate CSC see inside.