Whitworth Cup: Ripon City v Kirk Deighton Rangers preview

NARG 1409063AM2 Ripon City V Field. Ripon's Darren Simpson. (1409063AM2)
NARG 1409063AM2 Ripon City V Field. Ripon's Darren Simpson. (1409063AM2)
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Ripon City manager Alistair Hogg insists he is not ‘pushing the worry button’ yet despite a difficult start to his managerial career at the club.

Hogg’s side find themselves one spot above the bottom of the West Yorkshire Premier Division after 12 games and have not picked up a league point since August.

After having a week off to reflect on the recent 4-2 defeat to local rivals Boroughbridge in the West Riding County Challenge Cup, Ripon now turn their attention to the Whitworth Cup on Saturday.

Kirk Deighton Rangers, of the Harrogate and District League, will travel to Mallorie Park Drive on Saturday and Hogg said his side will not be taking the opposition lightly.

He said: “They’re a couple of divisions below us but it’s a cup game so until we can break them down it will be very difficult. That’s the first thing we need to do.

“We have to respect them and we can’t be thinking that it will be an easy game just because they are in the Harrogate League. It’s a semi final and a great chance to get into a final and have something to look forward to.

“Our league position isn’t worrying at the moment. Ideally, I’m looking at picking up four points from the next two league games to get us going again.”

Ripon and Kirk Deighton also met in last year’s competition with City emerging as comfortable winners in a 5-1 victory.

Kirk Deighton manager Dan Marshall said his side were taught a lesson on the day but is aiming for a better result this time around.

He said: “We played them last season in the cup and they wiped the floor with us. We were a little bit naive and we showed that in our approach to the game and that started in the way that I set us up.

“We found ourselves four goals down at half time. We had a little bit of dignity put back with a 1-1 scoreline in the second half but we were not good enough on the day.

“We need to forget what they are thinking and perform on the day. Go out there and play to our strengths, play our normal game, don’t fear them and take the game to them.”

Ripon have picked up one win in their last 12 games from all competitions and Marshall admitted their current form has given his side confidence.

He said: “We are looking to exploit any chinks in their armour and we will see what happens but league form goes out the window when a cup competition comes along.”

Daz Ekin’s Boroughbridge failed to maintain their winning momentum, losing 6-1 at home to high-flying Field on Saturday.

He said: “Field are the best team in the league but some poor defending and some poor decisions in the final third didn’t help us.

“The Wetherby game this coming Saturday is the one we have to win and the boys must step up to the plate. Poor performances have to stop and the players have to take a bit more responsibility. We’re hoping to have as much support as possible from the fans to help give us a boost.”