Brown hopes Ripon City’s merry men fire right arrows in cup

Duncan Terry
Duncan Terry
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West Yorkshire League Cup holders Ripon City must be wary of their lower league opponents in the second round on Saturday, warned boss Charlie Brown.

City won the competition last May when then-boss Paul Vincent led the side past Horbury Town 1-0 in the final.

The holders were given a bye in the competition’s first round before being paired at home to Division One leaders Robin Hood Athletic in round two.

Fifth-placed City head into the game five matches unbeaten, but gave up a two goal lead against rivals Boroughbridge on Saturday to draw 3-3.

Robin Hood Athletic have been in free-scoring form this campaign and hammered Rodillians 10-2 in their District Cup last Saturday.

Former Harrogate Railway forward Graham Marchant has been in red-hot form for them scoring 12 goals in 14 matches after joining in the summer.

Fellow centre forward Ashley Beck has also bagged eight goals in seven matches and Brown said his defenders need to be vigilant against the visitors.

He added: “We will have to be on our guard. They are scoring a lot of goals this year.

“But they are still a First Division side and there is a big gap between the leagues.

“We are on a good run and on our day we are capable of beating everybody.

“We have to make sure Saturday is our day, and then we’ll be in the next round.”

Should City find the right arrows to beat Robin Hood, lowly opposition will await, with Division One strugglers Pool likely to overcome Division Two third-bottom Hartshead.

Brown is hopeful star midfielder Adam Robinson will return to his side. Simon English and Kev Morris are also doubts.

Meanwhile, West Yorkshire League Premier rivals Boroughbridge welcome hotly-tipped West Yorkshire leaders Leeds City in the league at Aldborough Road on Saturday.

City stormed to a 13-0 triumph over Kirkstall Crusaders Whites at the weekend, a result which didn’t go unnoticed with Bridge boss Daz Ekin.

“Let’s just hope 13 was unlucky,” he said.

“They are the side everyone is trying to catch this year.

“It’s a massive test for us. They have he bit between their teeth to win it this year for the first time.

“It will be difficult to take anything from it. But, after Saturday, there’s a confidence in out lads.

“We will go and give them a run for their money.”

Ekin said he would give last year’s player of the season Nick Creesey a starting berth after a prolonged spell on the sidelines.

Creesey was an unused substitute in Saturday’s draw at Ripon, but his gaffer backed him to return with a bang.

Baz O’Neill will also return to the squad but Jimmy Tucknott is unavailable.

Ekin also hopes Pontefract Collieries player Tom Robinson will also join the club permanently after his appearance at Mallorie Park on Saturday.

“It will be nice to have a full squad again because we have been struggling with injuries,” he added.

Bridge’s reserves took high flying Division One side Knaresborough Town to penalties in the cup on Saturday, but lost 4-2 after an initial 1-1 draw.

Ripon City reserves lost 3-1 at Field Reserves in Alliance Division One.