West Yorkshire League: League priority for Ripon City

Boss Charlie Brown has cup glory low on his New Year priorities despite Ripon City looking to build on 2013’s historic League Cup triumph.

City start the new year with a tricky West Riding Count Challenge Cup fourth round tie at home to high flying rivals Leeds City on Saturday.

But Brown insists the club’s West Yorkshire Premier form would be the crucial ingredient to success in his first season back in charge.

City clawed points back on the top five at the weekend after a dramatic 2-1 victory over Shelley at Mallorie Park on Saturday.

Matt McGlinchey fired an unstoppable late winner for his second of the match to ensure City took three points.

The left-back had put City ahead after 30 minutes when heading in Daz Simpson’s free-kick.

Shelley levelled after half-time before McGlinchey was on hand to smash home in the dying minutes.

The win left the Red and Blacks eight points away from Brown’s targeted fourth spot, but with games in hand.

City’s chief said: “The league form is the important one so we are finishing in the top four.

“While cup success would be good, we have to keep plugging away in the league.

“If we can equal or better what we achieved last season, we have to be happy.”

Saturday’s visitors Leeds City lie second in West Yorkshire Premier this season and are serious title contenders alongside Bardsey and Beeston St Anthony’s.

Ripon will have to be mindful of Leeds’ top goal threats Barrie Frankland and James Hochstrasser, who have both found the net 18 times in the league this season.

And the Leeds side also have 13-goal midfielder Alex Miller in their ranks.

The last time the two clubs met at Mallorie Park, in August, Leeds City hammered Brown’s boys 6-0 after a devastating second-half display.

Ripon were without several top performers that day and Brown urged his side to forget the memory and overturn the result come Saturday’s clash.

The winner will play either Humber League high fliers Goole United or West Yorkshire strugglers Hunslet Club away in the quarter final.

“It’s a massive game. Leeds City are having a go at winning everything this year,” added Brown.

“The County Cup is so prestigious, of course we want to progress.

“It will be a tough game but when we play our game, we are as good as any other side in our league.”

City knocked rivals Boroughbridge out in the previous round when McGlinchey’s 88th minute free-kick surprised everyone and nestled in the top corner.

The defeat has left Daz Ekin’s men to focus on league action this weekend.

Mid-table Horbury Town host the seventh-placed Blues on Saturday.

And Ekin will be keen to avenge memories of the 3-3 draw on the season’s opening day, when his side let slip a first-half three goal lead.

Jim McDaid and Jimmy Tucknott were both on the scoresheet inside 30 minutes and ‘Bridge were also aided by a Town own goal.

But the visitors, promoted to the Premier Division last season, stormed back in the second half and earned a point with a 77th-minute spotkick.

That draw was one of six Boroughbridge earned in their first 14 games, and a year on from a relegation scrap, Ekin was happy with the progress his side have made.

And, Boroughbridge also picked up two trophies in 2013, the Whitworth Cup and the Charity Cup.

“We’re lying seventh in the league and its not by luck, if anything bad luck because we could be higher,” he said.

“It’s been very good because this time last year we were struggling.

“Now we’ve got a better squad, a better team and better results.”