RIPON City boss Charlie Brown is calling for his men to stand up and be counted tomorrow when they travel to East End Park in the West Yorkshire Premier (2pm ko).
Fifth-placed Ripon enter the game on the back of Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Sherburn White Rose which keeps them in touching distance with the Premier League pacesetters.
“It’s a game for big personalities on Saturday,” said Brown.
“We know what to expect there, we need a strong referee and a strong linesman, if we get them we’ll be OK.
“They will look to bully us, but we’ve got to stand firm. It was the same against Whitkirk.”
On Saturday, City dominated their away clash at Sherburn, but couldn’t penetrate a stubborn home defence.
With Brown and assistant Paul Vincent about to switch their formation, left back Matty McGlinchy stepped up to slam a superb free-kick into the top corner after Daz Simpson was fouled.
“We were on top for most of the match but just couldn’t get that goal,” added Brown.
“But it was another important win.
“It put the Oxenhope game to bed and keeps us up there on the coattails of our rivals.”
BOROUGHBRIDGE, meanwhile, are without a first team fixture tomorrow.
The Aldborough Road side were due for a trip to Knaresborough Town, but that game was put on the backburner with Brian Davey’s side in League Cup action at Glasshoughton.
It will give the side an extra week to recover from a gruelling League Cup clash against Wyke Wanderers at the weekend.
And that result conjures the possibility of a trip to Knaresborough Town in the quarter-final if Brian Davey’s team beat Glasshoughton in their third round game tomorrow.
On Saturday ‘Bridge got off to the worst possible start when Wyke raced into a 2-0 lead within three minutes.
However, the Aldborough Road men regrouped and made it 2-1 through Mark Baranovsky on 17 minutes.
Wyke had a chance to pull it back to 3-1 from the penalty spot on 35 minutes, but Paul Diamond pulled off an important save to keep ‘Bridge in the match.
‘Bridge were level four minutes after the restart with Baranovsky converting from the very spot Wyke had earlier failed from.
But the defending champions were again behind 13 minutes later when Diamond got stuck in the mud and the home side converted their chance.
In a game which had ebbed and flowed, Tom Smith set up the possibility of extra-time when he drifted down the left wing and fired past the Wyke ‘keeper on 71 minutes.
From here, however, ‘Bridge took the game by the scruff of the neck and began to push forward increasingly as their opponents tired.
Ekin’s men were rewarded just six minutes from time when Ben Clayton unleashed a brilliant shot from outside the area which dipped enough to strike the underside of the crossbar and bounce over the line.
“It was just an amazing cup tie,” said Ekin.
“We went 2-0 down after ten minutes and I thought ‘hey up, we’re going to get a pumping here’.
“I don’t know what it is about the League Cup.
We just seem to get a result.
“We’re not going to win the league.
“But we’ve got two cup competitions we can give a go now.”
BOROUGHBRIDGE RESERVES lost 3-1 to Old Headingley Reserves.
BOROUGHBRIDGE A were beaten 1-0 by Bramham.