West Yorkshire League: McDaid swaps Boroughbridge for rivals Ripon City

Boroughbridge captain james McDaid has joined Ripon City
Boroughbridge captain james McDaid has joined Ripon City

Ripon City have swooped to sign unsettled midfielder James McDaid from fierce West Yorkshire League rivals Boroughbridge.

McDaid has been Boroughbridge’s star performer in the 2013/14 season and was the club’s top scorer with 14 strikers.

But he had grown frustrated at the high-flying Blues in recent weeks and contacted City boss Charlie Brown to arrange a transfer last week.

Brown hopes the former’Bridge captain will be in his squad for this week’s trip to relegation threatened Wetherby Athletic.

“For whatever reason he’s unhappy and rung me up last week to say he wanted to move,” Brown said.

“I spoke to Daz which was the right thing to do as I didn’t want it to be going under the radar.

“They had conversations but James still wanted to move.

“He’s been at some very decent clubs and no doubt he’s a good asset for us. We are very pleased to have him.

He will sit in the midfield alongside Vinno (Paul Vincent) and Daz Simpson. That gives us a really good three.

“Hopefully he will play a major part on Saturday, and a major part for the rest of the season.

“If he can come up with a few goals as well, that would be great.”

McDaid will join former Boroughbridge striker Ben Jones in moving across the A1 to Mallorie Park.
Jones thrilled City’s supporters on Saturday when he nodded in a last gasp winner against Brighouse Old Boys on Saturday.

The match was heading for a drab, goalless draw until the forward scored from a corner in the final minute of injury time.

“If you’re going to score at nil-nil, that’s when,” added Brown.

“It was a massive sense of relief.

“We were looking at another two points dropped at home.

“Credit to the lads for keeping going and credit to defence for getting the clean sheet.”

City head to Wetherby in seventh spot, but now just four points behind ‘Bridge in fourth.

Dan Ekin’s Boroughbridge were held to their third successive 1-1 draw on Saturday, when Barry O’Neill’s 65th minute strike rescued a point at Athletic.

It was the ninth draw ’Bridge have had in this season’s Premier division, three more than any other club.

And the Aldborough Road outfit have a score to settle this Saturday when Otley Town visit.

’Bridge beat Otley 3-1 in September, but the mid-table side earned revenge in the League Cup when they knocked Bridge out 4-3 AET..

Wetherby lie second-bottom after a difficult season under former Ripon man Mark Forster.

The young Tangerines have won just three of 20 matches this year.

And ahead of City’s clash this weekend, Brown said he would instruct his side to target Forster’s inexperienced side’s weaknesses.

The boss said: “They are a good footballing side and can play against you if you stand off and let them.

“The one thing that has let than down, they are a bit young and they get bullied in this division.

“We will have to make it hard for them. If we can bully them, that’s what we will do.

“Physically, we will be far too strong for them.”