Brown primes his City troops for Bardsey test

hsb  Ripon City v Sherburn.   (111210M4d)

hsb Ripon City v Sherburn. (111210M4d)

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CHARLIE Brown knows his Ripon City troops can’t afford to slip up tomorrow.

The Mallorie Parkers travel to Bardsey knowing defeat could wipe them out of the West Yorkshire Premier title chase.

Harrogate Veterans head out for the Seniors World Cup

Harrogate Veterans head out for the Seniors World Cup

Lee Barraclough’s men are currently in a strong position to take their third consecutive league title.

They are also on the hunt for the County Cup and League Cup in what could prove to be a phenomenal season for the Keswick Laners.

And Bardsey travel to Fleet Lane on Thursday for the semi-final of the County Cup. Brown hopes they will be have other things on their mind.

“Hopefully they’ll have one eye on that one,” he said.

“Looking at it if we’ve got any chance of winning the league we can’t afford to drop any points now. This is a really important game for us.

“We’ve got a good rapport with Bardsey. I know Baz well and he texts me after every game, if we win he says well done.

“But we won’t be friends for 90 minutes on Saturday.

“We’ll be doing everything we can to win that game.

“I really think, on our day, we have the side to do it.”

On Saturday City took the lead through a Tom Leeming strike in the first half.

However, Brown’s half-time team talk went out of the window when Field equalised in the second period.

The home side went on to take the lead with 15 minutes remaining.

But City stayed in the match and equalised through Adam Robinson.

Then with only minutes remaining Duncan Terry broke free of his marker and curled a beautiful cross into the box.

But the ball just went over the head of Matty Forster and with it City’s chances of getting three points disappeared.

“You look at it and think that’s two weeks in a row where we’ve dropped points now,” continued Brown.

“But I suppose it was a good point in the end because Field are a good side.

“The two goals we conceded, maybe we could have defended better.

“The first one was sloppy. But we had a chance to win it right at the end.

“Duncan Terry whipped in a great cross but it was Matty Forster, one of our smallest players, on the end of it.

“The ball just went over his head. If it had been anyone else we would have scored.”

Brown is waiting on the fitness of Ben Cohen ahead of tomorrow’s trip.

The pint-sized striker is still struggling with a knock.

Luke Robinson is back in contention after returning from County duty.

andrew.groves@ypn.co.uk