RIPON City clawed their way through to the next round of the County Cup in a performance manager Charlie Brown admitted wasn’t their best and wouldn’t be good enough for upcoming league games.
City defeated Glasshoughton Welfare 2-1 on Saturday in a game that saw them travel a to Glasshoughton’s grounds in Castleton, but Brown told the Ripon Gazette that his team didn’t perform as well as they could.
“On paper, it should have been an easy game for us and to be fair we were quite poor on the day,” he said.
“They were a bit physical and the refereeing wasn’t the best, he let a lot of stuff go on, and they were definitely egged on by a crowd that wanted them to put one over on us.
“The conditions weren’t great and the pitch was rock hard and bobbly, the wind was gushing round a bit and they were really up for it, but they just didn’t have a great deal to be fair.”
City face a league clash away at Pool tomorrow (2.30pm ko).
Brown admitted: “We’ve got to play an awful lot better than we did on Saturday if we want to win. If we play like we did against Glasshoughton we’ll get rolled over.”
Ripon were just starting to open up the game when Kyle Baldwin broke away and was brought down in the box.
However, City’s missed their resulting penalty when Welfare’s ‘keeper pulled out a great save to keep the sides level.
Moments later though, Daz Simpson opened up the scoring, putting away a fantastic free kick to take the visitors 1-0 up.
With City’s own defence proving solid and Mike Rivers handling everything that came to him with confidence it was only a matter of time before they broke away again and Luke Robinson tucked away another to take the score to 2-0.
Welfare did manage to pull one back with around seven minutes to play and in time to make the last few minutes interesting, but weren’t able to muster anything else.
Brown said: “For all their enthusiam and exuberance, they just didn’t really have a lot to offer against us.
“To be honest, even though we were far from our best, they just weren’t good enough.”
While critical of his team’s performance, Brown was satisfied his team had done what needed to be done.
“All that matters in these cup matches is that you get through and get your name into the hat for the next round,” he said.
“ This was a potential banana skin and we sidestepped it.”
BOROUGHBRIDGE were also in action in the County Cup and will join their derby rivals in the next round after emerging victorious in a match with Brighouse Old Boys described by manager Daz Ekin as “nip and tuck throughout”.
“It was a good result,” Ekin said.
“I’m very pleased with it.
“They were a very good side and I think they surprised some of our lads on the day.”
He said that ‘Bridge found themselves under the cosh for most of the first half with Brighouse coming close to scoring on four occasions, while the visitors could only muster a single attempt at goal.
He added that the team were relieved to go into half time at 0-0 and it gave them the break they needed to come out firing in the second half.
On the cusp of 60 minutes ‘Bridge got the breakthrough they needed when Lee Brooks let fly with a great shot that dipped just behind the Brighouse ‘keeper and into the net.
However, Brighouse proved up to the challenge and only ten minutes later had equalised and then taken the lead following two quick-fire goals.
Ekin didn’t have long to wait to see his side respond in kind though, with Mark Baranovsky adding his name to the scoresheet in the 73rd minute with a left-foot finish to a Ben Jones cross.
With extra time looming, man of the match Dan Clayton gave his side the lead, taking on two defenders before slipping it past the ‘keeper and then sealing the win just five minutes later to complete a heart-stopping second half.
Talking to the Gazette, Ekin said: “When you look at the league tables it looks easy, but whenever you face these teams they’re always up for it.
“I don’t think our lads expected it to be such hard work. We just had a bit extra.”
Tomorrow Boroughbridge entertain East End Park (2.30pm ko) ,vital to their quest for the championship.
Ekin added: “We are playing with what we’ve got at the moment and every point is crucial for us.
“If we want to win the league, we have to beat teams like East End Park.”
BOROUGHBRIDGE’S Sunday side romped to a 6-2 win away at Bradford Phoenix in the West Riding Sunday County Challenge Cup. Dan Clayton smashed in four alongside Jake Fletcher and Ryan Hudson.