All to play for as Ripon eye strong finish to 2011

rip  Ripon City v Kirk Deighton.  (111015M5c)
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RIPON City go into their mini Christmas break with everything to play for according to boss Charlie Brown.

The Mallorie Parkers are in a good place to finish the season in a strong position according to their gaffer.

Saturday’s 2-2 draw left his side seventh in the West Yorkshire League Premier table.

That would only improve if they beat local rivals Boroughbridge at Aldborough Road in eight days time.

“We’ve had a good first half of the season,” said Brown.

“But there’s a long way to go just yet. It’s a hard league this year, with some good sides. But we’ve just got to keep going and see where we finish.”

BOROUGHBRIDGE boss Daz Ekin revealed the whole club can’t wait for next Saturday’s derby.

But he’s nipped it in the bud for the time being.

‘Bridge enter Christmas tenth in the West Yorkshire Premier after Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at reigning champions Bardsey.

Next Saturday will draw the curtains on an extremely successful 2011 for the club.

Last season, a strong ‘Bridge side, had a good run in County Cup, won the Whitworth Cup, the Charity Cup and lifted the League Cup for the first time in their history.

However for Ekin it’s this season he’s focusing on, not the past, with his side looking to improve their league position in the new year.

“We know what we have to do,” he said.

“It’s not been the best start.

“We need to be more consistent, go on a decent run and pull ourselves away from the bottom few. The last thing we want is to be in a relegation fight at the end of the season.”

One mouth-watering fixture on the backburner, is the Whitworth Cup final against City, played towards the end of the season at Harrogate Town FC.

For a full preview on New Year’s Eve’s fixture between Ripon City and Boroughbridge see next Friday’s Ripon Gazette.

Olie Uffindall was on target for Boroughbridge at Bardsey, and Chris Stephenson picked up the man of the match award.

The Reserves, meanwhile, climbed a place in the Alliance Division One after a goalless draw in this weekend’s feature match at Aldborough Road.

Tony Coles’s men couldn’t quite find that finishing touch to put the ball over the line as they made numerous second half attacks but a point was enough to lift them to third from bottom.

Meantime, the A team came from a goal down against Beckwithshaw Saints Reserves to draw one all, with Luke Fletcher on the scoresheet for ‘Bridge.

All Sunday’s fixtures were postponed due to frozen pitches.