AT long last the West Yorkshire Premier League season is over for RIPON CITY and BOROUGHBRIDGE.
It’s been a campaign tinged with success and frustration in equal measures for respective bosses Charlie Brown and Daz Ekin.
For Mallorie Park boss Brown Saturday’s 4-0 loss at Otley Town was the final nail in the coffin for his hopes off finishing the season with a bang.
‘Bridge also ended on a losing note going down 2-0 to Carlton on Monday night just two days after their 4-2 win at home to Field.
The Aldborough Road men finished eighth in the table but it will be their cup run which will live long in the memory.
Daz Ekin’s men lifted the Whitworth Cup and more recently the League Cup to end the season on a high.
“Of course the cup wins have been the highlight,” said Ekin.
“Games such as the Baildon win the cup, when we were losing with minutes left and then Hoggy came up and scored, everyone will remember that one.
“We’re thrilled to have two cups sat at the table when we have our presentation night tomorrow.”
City boss Brown- who flew out to Thailand to represent the England Veterans team at this year’s World Cup on Wednesday- was more damning of his side’s poor season.
“The table doesn’t lie,” he said.
“We finished 12th so we are the 12th worse team in the league.
“It’s just been a really frustrating season altogether.
“The players have got to look at themselves and say we should have done better.
“When I had my full 11 out I think we can give the better teams a game, no doubt, and that showed when we played them.
“There’s a lot of egos in the dressing room that far out weigh their talent and I can’t understand that.
“Some would rather play in some Mickey Mouse team and win some tin pot cup and think they’ve done well. They’ve got to realise that we play in a good league and there’s some good teams out there.”
Brown is already planning for next season.
He will stay on with Paul Vincent remaining as assistant manager.
“Paul has been really good this year, it’s been great working with him,” he added.
“We had a chat the other day and talked about what we want to do next year.
“I’m already planning for next season.”
Meanwhile in the ‘Bridge camp gaffer Ekin has also hinted he will remain at the helm for another shot next campaign.
“Next year will be my 20th as manager. I’d like to stay on for that,” he said.
“I’ve really enjoyed it this year. Last year was hard with us not doing so well in the league and getting knocked out of the cups.
“I’m sure I’ll be back next year. But we’re looking for a new second team manager, a new third team manger, a new Sunday manager and a new Vets manager so there’s a lot of work to be done.
“I’d like to say we’d give the title a good crack next season but to do that you need a big squad. Bardsey and Knaresborough have that- I don’t know how they keep all their players happy.”
*Ripon City are having a charity day tomorrow. The day will commence with Ripon Panthers Under 12 team playing Knaresborough under 12s. Kick off is 1pm. This will be followed by a senior game with Premiership Assistant Andy Halliday officiating. There will be a bouncy castle, games, tombola, barbecue and karaoke. Refreshments will also be available in the clubhouse. The Ripon City presentation evening will follow these events commencing at 8pm.
*’Bridge’s Presentation Evening will take place tomorrow night. The Champions League final will be shown at the clubhouse after the presentations. There will be a hogroast. Tickets cost £7 and are available from Daz Ekin on 07894672188.