Charlie Brown’s Ripon City made the dream start to their West Yorkshire Premier campaign on Saturday, beating East End Park 4-1 away from home.
The gaffer, who took back the first team reins after Paul Vincent stood down in May, admitted his side are ‘notoriously poor’ in the first few games.
But he was delighted to see them turn on the style in a rampant second half to secure an early three points.
It won’t get any easier for City, who are schedule to host league champions Bardsey on Saturday (2.30pm) before travelling to derby rivals Boroughbridge on Wedneday evening (6.15pm).
City took on young pretenders Wetherby Athletic last night after the Gazette went to press, and although the games are coming thick and fast, Brown is more than happy with their showing so far.
“We’ve made a really good start,” he said.
“To go there, on a difficult pitch and come away with three points is a great result.
“We were actually poor for the first 45 minutes. East End missed a pen, and it could have been a difficult story if they’d scored it.
“But Paul Vincent produced a great shot into the top corner from 30 yards and that was the breakthrough we needed.”
Vincent’s goal was followed by a Kev Morris strike against the run of play, and City carried their lead into th e break.
A few tactical changes later, and playing against a howling wind, City began to properly set about their hosts.
East End pulled one back, but another Morris goal was followed by one from Joe Knowlson and City’s win was in the bag.
“After that we looked very dangerous going forward,” said Brown.
“Kev and Duncan Terry gave them a torrid time. It was a really good three points.”
Next up are Lee Barraclough’s Bardsey, who Brown describes as ‘the real deal’.
Although the champions are beset by suspensions at the moment, they will pose a major threat.
“They might have a lot out but I wish they had a few more!” admitted Brown.
“Baz will have them prepared and they are the real deal. We need to be emulating them if we’re going to challenge this year.
“Then it’s Boroughbridge and we’re looking forward to it. We should have a decent squad out so bring it on.”
Brown is hoping to bring Ben Clayton back and former Harrogate Town man Dan Clayton signed on as cover.