Brown eyes second spot with big Altofts victory

NARG 1109103  Ripon City V Carlton Ath. No.10(1109103AM2)
NARG 1109103 Ripon City V Carlton Ath. No.10(1109103AM2)

RIPON City boss Charlie Brown knows his side can move up to second in the West Yorkshire Premier table if they beat Altofts tomorrow and other results go their way (2.30pm ko).

Brown’s first target is to knock rivals Knaresborough Town off their second placed perch.

City currently have two games in hand over Brian Davey’s men.

“Looking at the fixture, it couldn’t have been kinder for us,” said Brown.

“It gives us a great opportunity to come away with a victory and if we do that we could move to second in the table.

“We drew 3-3 at their place earlier in the season. Really it was two points dropped because we should have had enough to win that game.”

Brown, meanwhile, has passed on his condolences to the family of Alex Emmett who tragically died at the age of 18 last weekend.

Alex’s twin brother Jack has been part of City’s squad this season when he hasn’t been on Harrogate Town duty.

Alex was an up-and-coming footballer at Town and had impressed in their U-19s set-up this season.

“It puts everything into context,” said Brown.

“For someone to die, whatever their age is sad, but for someone to die at such a young age is tragic.

“My thoughts go out to Jack and his family on behalf of the club.”

BOROUGHBRIDGE boss Daz Ekin is desperate to get back on the pitch tomorrow after a two week gap.

Wetherby Athletic are next on the agenda at Aldborough Road and the ‘Bridge boss has three points in his eyes.

“The pitch is looking perfect, it’s in really good condition so we’re all ready,” said Ekin.

“It’s a good game to have against Wetherby. It’s a local derby, so to speak, and they are a good footballing team.”

Ekin is hoping to pick from a full strength side tomorrow.

A victory for ‘Bridge would move them further clear of the relegation places near the bottom of the table.

Last Saturday’s proposed home fixture against Oxenhope was predictably called off due to the recent cold snap.

The rest of the Premier League fixture list was also wiped out.

“We’re not doing too bad looking at the fixtutes,” added Ekin who isn’t concerned with a fixture backlog.

“We’re just looking forward to the rest of the season.

“We’ve got some good league games coming up and also the two cups which are really big games for us.”

‘Bridge will be keeping a keen eye on the Glasshoughton v Knaresborough League Cup tie tomorrow.

The winners will have a home tie against Ekin’s men in the next round of the competition.