RIPON CITY boss Charlie Brown feels a win at Kellingley Welfare tomorrow would kill off the threat of relegation to Division One (2.30pm kick-off).
Welfare would need to win a number of their remaining games to make City sweat.
But another important three points tomorrow should be enough according to Brown.
“It’s a big weekend,” he said.
“If we go there and win I think it pretty much buries them. Rothwell I think are gone now so it just leaves that last remaining spot.
“If we win then Kellingley will have to win about four of their last seven games.
“I think that’s a bit of an uphill task. We’ve just got to go there and win.
“If we do that it’ll give us all a lift especially with Bardsey coming here the week after.”
On Saturday City put last weeks League Cup shock defeat firmly out of their minds as they put on a superb team performance against high-flying Beeston.
City started well and took the game to the visitors but found their centre backs and goalkeeper in good form.
When Beeston pressed for the opener Mark Tyson had to be at his best in City’s defence and he did not disappoint.
Midfielder Darren Simpson was everywhere for City and began to dominate the game and pull all the strings.
Beeston were now holding on however midway through the half their composure was shattered as Dan Clayton plundered the vital opener with a spectacular finish to put Brown’s men one up at half time.
The home side came out full of confidence and pushed the visitors back for long spells of the game. City should have extended their lead when Leeming, Clayton, Simpson and Freeman all went close. However City had done enough to secure three very valuable points.
BOROUGHBRIDGE boss Daz Ekin will be hoping his side can get some league points under their belts tomorrow when they travel to Sherburn White Rose.
On Saturday the Aldborough Road outfit successfully moved through to the semi-final of the League Cup with a hard-fought 3-1 win over Old Centralians.
See inside for a full match report.
Meanwhile BOROUGHBRIDGE RESERVES lost an exciting contest at Sherburn White Rose 4-3 last weekend.
‘Bridge went into this contest with a seriously depleted squad and this was reflected in the 1st half performance which saw them go two-nil down at the interval with Bob Jackson grabbing the home side brace. ‘Bridge were more resourceful after the break and gained their reward from their main goal threat Jamie Smith who drove past Pete Appleyard, in the home goal, from 10 yards out. Sherburn’s response was clinical in delivery and finishing as Jackson grabbed his hat trick on 68 minutes.
But ‘Bridge were back in the contest two minutes later through Steve Kirby who fired home their second.
The balance of play continued to oscillate as Steve Roberts exposed a forlorn ‘Bridge defence to restore the home side’s two goal cushion only for Jamie Smith to again reduce the deficit to set up a frantic finish but it was Sherburn who deservedly held on to the three points.
Man of the match was Barry Pryce.
BOROUGHBRIDGE A beat Pool 5-0 away.
An understrength ‘Bridge side got a first minute goal from James Blanchard-Spencer and consolidated their position three minutes from the break through Luke Fletcher. Both added to their tally in the second half with Lewis Barlow completing the scoring two minutes from time. For a report on ‘Bridge’s Sunday side match against Harrogate CSC see page 43.