ALDBOROUGH Road will brace itself for the visit of local rivals Ripon City tomorrow in the division’s game of the day (2.30pm).
Boss Daz Ekin will cross swords with Mallorie Park counterpart Charlie Brown, just five days before their Whitworth Cup showdown against Knaresborough Town next Thursday night.
‘Bridge are riding the crest of a wave at the moment.
The League Cup finalists are in a rich vein of form and come into tomorrow’s derby on the back of Saturday’s 3-1 win at home to Whitkirk on Saturday and a nil-nil draw with Leeds City on Wednesday.
City meanwhile are still smarting from their 2-1 loss at Carlton.
Missing a host of players they took the lead through Tom Leeming before a late comeback by the home side.
“Saturday is about bragging rights,” said Brown.
“I’m hoping he picks himself and Tony Coles will be playing! But no seriously I’m sure he will put out a good side. He’ll want to win this one to keep their good run going.
“As far as I’m concerned I don’t care who it’s against. We’re just looking to get three points and put a bit of distance between us and the side’s down near the bottom.”
Ekin is also licking his lips.
“It doesn’t get any bigger than Boroughbridge and Ripon,” he said.
“It’s a massive week for us. First this and then the Whitworth.
“With Charlie being in charge and me being in charge it will add a bit of spice to it.
“We’re good mates but we don’t want to lose. They’re scrapping for points and we are too.”
Ekin is looking for a win to set up Thursday’s pilgrimage to Wetherby Road for the final of the Whitworth Cup against arch-rivals Knaresborough Town.
The Manse Lane outfit will be looking for back-to-back cup successes.
‘Bridge however have fond memories of the last time the two battled in the showcase event.
Four years ago Paul Vincent lifted the Whitworth trophy for the Aldborough Road men against ‘Boro’ after a 2-1 victory.
“It’s a huge game for us,” Ekin added.
“Everyone is on a high at the moment. Tony (Coles) told me they’ve won only one of their last seven games.
“That’s an unbelievable stat really. I think there’s no better time to play them.”
Ekin will be without Jimmy Tucknott and James McDaid for Thursday.
They however will both be available for their forthcoming League Cup final fixture on May 5.
On Saturday only Mark Baranovsky brought a save out of Dominic Ross in the first half hour whereas the visitors had a cutting edge to their passing and David Burneston showed his growing maturity with some timely interceptions.
His defensive partner Steve Tovey also had to be alert on a couple of occasions as he cleared a Ryan Robinson effort off the line and was then on hand to sweep up after Alastair Hogg kept out a close range from Mick Elliott.
Six minutes into the second half it was Dene Dewing’s turn to watch Hogg push away his effort with Burneston getting there ahead of Robinson to clear the loose ball and Elliott was just off target with a good effort just past the hour mark.
The breakthrough came on 67 minutes from a new combination to the club this season when Jimmy Tucknott rose to glide home a superb header to a Baranovsky free kick.
‘Bridge’s delight lasted only two minutes as indecision from Tovey and Mark Burneston allowed Dewing to escape into the penalty area where he skipped past brother David and fired home the equaliser from the tightest of angles.
Hogg was in action again keeping out a superb Elliott volley and at the other end Baranovsky was just off target as he fired in a beauty from a Chris Hastings pass a minute later from 25 yards minimum that left Ross motionless.
With time running out Eagling grabbed the third for the win.
Men of the match were Ben Clayton and Martin Hutchinson.