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hsb  Ripon City v Boroughbridge.   (121201M5d)
hsb Ripon City v Boroughbridge. (121201M5d)
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Ripon City boss Paul Vincent insists his disciplined side have what it takes to claim silverware this season.

City stormed into the final eight of the West Yorkshire League Cup with a 2-1 win over Hunslet Club on Saturday.

And, despite admitting the WYA Premier Division title race is probably now out of Ripon hands, the manager reckons his players will make this season one to remember.

He said: “It is really important as the season goes on we have things to play for.

“We need to keep the momentum going, I don’t want our season to tail off after having such a good start, and I don’t think it will.

“We know what we have to do now, the league is out of our hands but we are really chuffed to have reached the next round of the League Cup. We also have a charity cup final to play.”

Technically, second-placed City remain in the hunt for the West Yorks Premier league title, but leaders Bardsey and third-place Leeds City both hold four games in hand over them.

City host basement side Pool on Saturday (kick-off 2.30pm).

Pool have won twice in their last four matches, including a morale-boosting 2-0 home win against relegation rivals Field on Saturday.

City smashed Pool 5-1 in November, but Vincent is urging caution as Pool have scored ten goals in four games.

Ahead of the Mallorie Park clash, he said: “We are not going to be complacent, they gave us a good game earlier in the season and they got a good win at the weekend.

“They are in a battle at the bottom, it will be a tough game but I am excited to have Ben Clayton back in the squad, as he was cup-tied at the weekend.”

On Saturday, Duncan Terry set Joe Knowles up to score his first goal for the club, and, after Hunslet equalised, Daz Simpson scored from a second-half free-kick. C

Vincent said: “They were a big, physical team, and they tried evert trick in the book to try and intimidate us. But Duncan Terry led the line as centre-forward well. It was his best game he has ever played for the club.”

City await the winners of Boroughbridge and Robin Hood Athletic in the quarter-finals.

The match has yet to be rearranged, after falling foul of the recent freeze.

Both Ripon clubs have made no secret of their desire to meet each other in the competition.

Vincent said: “Matches at our level don’t come any bigger than Ripon City versus Boroughbridge. We have got through, now it is down to them to join us.”

Long-term absentee Mark Tyson has torn a cruciate ligament. His manager said: “It is a real shame, he has been a great servant to City over the years.”