Brown predicts City win after Whitkirk response

hsb  Ripon City v Whitkirk Wanderers.  110212M1a.
hsb Ripon City v Whitkirk Wanderers. 110212M1a.

THEY’RE back with a bang and now Ripon City boss Charlie Brown is sniffing more points when Altofts roll into town tomorrow (2.30pm ko).

It represents another chance for City to move further away from the dropzone and Brown is confident going into the game.

On Saturday they got revenge on West Yorkshire Premier outfit Whitkirk who inflicted a heavy defeat over Brown’s men earlier in the season.

Their 2-1 victory has pushed City up to tenth.

Another positive result tomorrow could see the side break into the top half of the table.

“It’s another good chance for a win,” said Brown.

“Without putting my foot in it I’m confident we will win.

“We beat them at their place earlier in the season. After what I said about Kellingley the week before they went out and beat Altofts which was a bit of a surprise.

“I said earlier in the season they are a good side. I like them, the way they play.

“But hopefully we’ll have enough to get through.”

Dan Clayton returns for City tomorrow.

Brown is waiting on the fitness of Michael Finnigan who tweaked a hamstring on Saturday.

On Saturday the deadlock was broken when Michael Finnigan got on the end of a great through ball from Phil Waterworth to drill home the vital breakthrough.

Whitkirk came out after the break in positive mood and pushed City back.

Ripon’s two centre backs Waterworth and Tyson stood out like defensive beacons but City had to thank ‘keeper Will Wray for keeping them ahead with three superb back to back saves.

When the visitors were awarded a free kick however he could do nothing but watch as it screamed into the top corner on 75 minutes.

City were now pushing hard and after several corners were awarded a penalty for hand ball.

Up stepped last week’s hero George Medd only to see his powerful shot smash on to the post.

Daz Simpson was the first to react and hit a spectacular strike into the bottom corner which sealed the game and sent spectators and manager alike home with a smile on their faces.

“Will Wray pulled off three magnificent saves,” added Brown.

“If they were in the Premiership they would have been talking about them on Match of the Day.”

BOROUGHBRIDGE will seek to put their County Cup disappointment at Carlton Athletic to one side when they return to West Yorkshire League Premier Division action tomorrow, at relegation-threatened Kellingley Welfare.

With three players making their full debuts in the County Challenge Cup ‘Bridge were always going to be up against it but to a man they gave their all only to be outdone by a controversial penalty decision eight minutes from time that cost them a potential trip to Woodlesford.

On a poor pitch, Carlton had the advantage of the slope and wind in the first half but after holding out against the elements Bridge conceded a penalty eight minutes after the break.

Ageless ‘keeper Alastair Hogg came to his side’s rescue by saving the resultant spot kick only to be beaten on the hour mark by Carlton’s Danny King. Ten minutes later Manager Daz Ekin sent Fraser Lancaster and another veteran Jamie Smith into the fray and it was the latter who was instrumental in setting up Paul Eagling for the equaliser in the 74th minute.

The sides could not be separated in normal time and despite both sides having good opportunities in extra time the tie looked destined for the dreaded penalty shoot out.

Eight minutes from time however a shot from Lee Turner struck Baz O’Neill on the shoulder and much to the consternation of the ‘Bridge team referee Gavin Scott, without hesitation, pointed to the spot.

This time Chris Thornton made no mistake to send his side through to a semi final tie against Otley Town and leave ‘Bridge’s Daz Ekin and his squad gutted.