RIPON City boss Charlie Brown has had a wide smile on his face all week.
The reason? Well just one look at the West Yorkshire Premier League and you will see.
City have climbed to the top of the division after Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Carlton.
They can stay there if they beat East End Park away tomorrow (2.30pm ko).
Beeston and Bardsey, of course, have a mountain of games to catch up on.
But for now the City boss is revelling in their success.
“We’ve got eight games now, after Saturday we can tick another one off,” he said.
“There is a long way to go, but I’m sure the other teams will drop points on the way and we still have to play a few of them.”
Brown knows his side are in for a battle tomorrow.
The return fixture at home was a tasty affair, which City eventually won 1-0.
“We know what to expect against them,” continued Brown.
“They are a physical side who like to put themselves about. At our place things got a bit heated both on and off the pitch so we will remember that.”
It promises to be an exciting end to the month for Brown and his charges.
Their next home game will see them welcome Fields to Mallorie Park on March 17.
A big test will come a week later when they travel to Bardsey before a home game against Whitkirk on March 31.
“It’s a tough run in for us,” said Brown.
“But we’ve just got to keep going and see where we are at the end of the month.
“As long as we’re still up there, then there is a chance but of course there are teams around us with a lot of games in hand.”
On Saturday, City dominated possession against Carlton and deservedly took the lead through a Ben Cohen strike.
Attacking partner Tom Leeming then made it 2-0 with an absolute thunderbolt as City looked good for another three points.
However, Carlton were given a lifeline when they were awarded a penalty, which they duly dispatched.
But City hit back and made it 3-1 when Tim Edney bundled the ball home.
The ref’ again gave Carlton a pen’ late on which they scored to set up a grandstand finish.
But despite a late onslaught, City held on for all three points.