Quartet return for Ripon City derby

Ripon City will be buoyed by the return of four key players when rivals Boroughbridge arrive for the West Riding County Cup third round (1pm).

Duncan Terry, Daz Simpson, Ashley Atkinson and Mark Tyson should all return to the starting XI after missing last Saturday’s 5-0 thrashing of Whitkirk Wanderers.

The draw pitted the fierce rivals together for the first time in the competition’s history and City boss Charlie Brown called on his side to repeat last month’s victory over cup favourites Bardsey.

City edged past the West Yorkshire champions 3-2 (AET) in round two and Brown said the same spirit, and luck, would be needed against their rivals at Mallorie Park on Saturday (1pm).

And, after Bridge hauled back a two-goal deficit on the match’s precursor three weeks ago, the gaffer called on his players to gain revenge.

“The lads have to be up for it,” he said.

“If you can’t get up for a Ripon and Boroughbridge match, there’s something wrong. We knocked out the favourites last round, you have to keep putting in those performances and have good luck.

“Seven good performances and a bit of luck with the draw, and you can have your hands on the cup.”

Injuries to goalkeepers Tom Sowerby and Phil Zealand will see Boroughbridge legend Alistair Hogg start against his former club.

Hogg became Brown’s assistant manager at the start of the season, and has filled in between the sticks regularly.

Brown added: ““He’s been the best ‘keeper in local football for decades. He gives the side loads of confidence with his presence in net.”

And the boss is hopeful Hogg’s inclusion will tighten up the defence that has shipped six goals against Bridge this season.

“Going forward we look great but when they do get at us we don’t look comfortable,” he added.

“We need to be more solid on Saturday.”

City played a scrambled side at Whitkirk but Brown’s boys proved their strength in depth to move up to sixth in the West Yorkshire Premier.

Tom Leeming hit two and Joe Knowlson, Kev Morris and Kyle Fox were also on the scoresheet in the rout.

Leeming’s brace earned praise from his gaffer who hailed his ability to impose himself on opposition defences.

“He’s a handful up top. When he gets his finishing hat on, he’s a real asset to us,” Brown added.

“It was important to go there and get a win.”

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