Bridge eye League Cup final spot

hsb  Ripon City v Bardsey.  110326M4e.
hsb Ripon City v Bardsey. 110326M4e.
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DAZ Ekin and his Boroughbridge charges can book a spot in the League Cup final on Tuesday night if they beat Premier League rivals Pool at Glasshoughton FC (7.30pm ko).

The Aldborough Road gaffer is confident his side will emerge victorious.

“Pool beat Carlton in the last round on penalties. Carlton knocked us out of the County Cup so we’d rather play Pool,” he said.

“It gives us a good chance to make the final.”

Tomorrow they are at home to Pool in the league (2.30pm ko).

On Wednesday Ekin’s men pulled off a 1-1 draw at Bardsey.

Paul Beesley scored for ‘Bridge, and Robert Dickinson netted for Bardsey with seven minutes to go.

On Saturday ‘Bridge twice came from behind to draw with Field, Tom Smith and McDaid scoring.

Meanwhile the date for the Whitworth Cup final against Knaresborough Town will be Thursday, April 28 at Harrogate Town FC (7.45pm ko).

RIPON City boss Charlie Brown has an extra seven days to mull over Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at home to Altofts.

Instead of celebrating another three points and reaching the magic 30-point barrier he was left fuming with a defeat against a team lower in the table.

He was hoping to get right back on the horse tomorrow but with no game in the pipeline that has been scuppered.

City are back in action in eight days’ time away at Carlton.

“It was poor on Saturday, we were poor, they were poor, it was a poor game all round,” he said.

“Two goalkeeping errors cost us. Will (Wray) has been great for us all season but he had a bad day at the office.

“It was a shame because a win would have put us up to 30-points and I reckon that would have been enough to secure survival.”

Meanwhile BOROUGHBRIDGE RESERVES prepared for their derby with Knaresborough tomorrow with a 4-2 victory over Old Headingley on Saturday.

Manager Steve Coghlin knew he had his work cut out against a Headingley side unbeaten since November 13 and it was the visitors who were the more potent force as ‘Bridge looked disjointed and slightly jaded as they struggled to cope with the adjustments to their line up.

Headingley took the lead on 25 minutes through Adrian Shields who was left with time and space to drill in the opener but it was a ‘different’ home side after the break and three goals in seven minutes put them in the driving seat.

Man-of-the-match Benji Slater took advantage of an error by keeper Mike Parkin to tap home from five yards on 47 minutes and a minute later he smashed home his second.

Good build up play between Paul Scaife, Pryce and Lee Brook ended with Scaife finishing off the mini scoring spree by curling home the third. The visitors were given a life line by Diamond as he allowed an innocuous Mark Lucas effort to elude him.

‘Bridge remained resolute and tree minutes from time Slater was rewarded or his endeavours with his hat trick goal from an Alex Coombes corner.

BOROUGHBRIDGE RESERVES also beat Aberford 3-1, Steve Coghlin, Paul Scaife and super sub Paddy Inman scoring.

BOROUGHBRIDGE A were thrashed 7-3 by Wetherby A.

Chris Wood, Luke Fletcher and an own goal were on the scoresheet for ‘Bridge. Man of the match was Andy Stephenson.

On Sunday BOROUGHBRIDGE beat Thorner 3-0, Dan Clayton, Paul Stephenson and Mark Burneston scoring.

Chris Stephenson was man-of-the-match.