Must-win time for Ripon at West Park after Yarnbury loss

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RIPON’S misery continued on Saturday as another away defeat saw them slip into the Yorkshire Two relegation zone.

Ripon coach Al Norrie admitted he was “not feeling great” after another disheartening performance by his men saw them beaten 27-11 away to Yarbury.

He said: “It was another defeat for us obviously and it was defensive errors again that let us down.”

“It’s the same problems I’ve been talking about for weeks now, with us missing too many first up tackles, it’s a recurring theme, we can’t afford to miss as many as we do.”

Looking forward to tomorrow’s fixture with West Park Leeds, Norrie said it was important to take the positives from his teams improved second half performance.

“I’m not worried at this moment in terms of relegation,” said Norrie. “But we need to get a win this weekend, it’s a must-win game now.”

Ripon actually started brightly at Yarnbury, and controlled the play for the first 15 minutes, scoring first with a forwards try by Adam Scott-Paul on six minutes.

However, all-too familiar lapses in concentration allowed the home side to score a soft try which they converted to make the score 7-5.

With a Ripon player sin-binned on 22 minutes, the hosts were well-placed to take full advantage scoring two more tries and stretching their lead.

A penalty by Whitaker reduced the deficit, but a dropped pass in midfield during a Ripon attack led to a Yarnbury counter which saw them score another try and collect a first half bonus point heading into the break 24-8.

An early penalty in the second half saw Ripon reduce the lead, but they gave it back up quickly following another yellow card and a resulting penalty which saw the 16 point gap re-established.

Ripon were better in the second half, playing with more discipline to finish the game 27-11.

Norrie said: “The second half was a lot, lot better.

“We defended better and we didn’t miss those tackles.

“What we have to do is look at the positives from that second half.

“The forwards did really well and the scrummaging was fantastic. We controlled the ball well and looked after the ball a lot better than we have done in previous weeks.”

He said that a lot of players had been unavailable for selection over recent weeks and that had led to several players having to play out of position.

Additionally, Ripon’s reserves have both been on runs of good forms with players from those teams looking ready to break through.

“The second and third teams have had a couple of good wins lately,” Norrie added.

“There are a couple of young guys in both of those teams that might be making their way into the firsts soon.”

RIPON HORNBLOWERS continued in their recent winning ways picking up a strong win at home to Yarnbury 2nds defeating them 31-17 . Dodds, Watson, Jonno, Metcalfe and J Potter scored tries with Harris kicking three conversions.

Away from home THE WAKEMEN were more than up for the challenge, trouncing Leeds Corinthians 89-22.

Foster (3), Stittard (2), Ardron (2), Rees (2), Nicoll, Carston, Roome, Kirby, Ollie and C Lawrence scored the tries with Aylward kicking seven conversions.

Tomorrow’s teams: 1sts v West Park Leeds, home 3pm: Going, Bell, Osborne, M Spilman, R Nicholson, Magill, Hooks, Whitaker, Sadler, Wolloms, Newcombe, Coyne, Barker, B Sullivan, J Potter, Lumb, Box, Scott-Paul.

2nds v West Park Leeds, away, 1pm: Shepherd, A Potter, Moss-Blundell, Nash, Drane, Harris, Carsten, McAra, Rowntree, Plant, Turner, Dodds, Kettlewell, Ellis, Watson, M Nicholson, Lister, Foster, Butterill.

3rds v West Park Leeds, home 3pm: Aylward, E Rivers, Hudson, Kirby, M Sullivan, C Lawrence, Stiddart, Campbell,Nipper, Rees, Olly, Howard, Kite, Seldon, Roome, Pascoe, Tyreman, Nicole, White, Park, Sykes, Gibson, Metcalfe.