Brown: ‘Top-four finish for City not impossible’

hsb   Boroughbridge v Ripon City.   Ripon number 4.   (111231M1a)
hsb Boroughbridge v Ripon City. Ripon number 4. (111231M1a)

IT would have taken a lot to wipe the smile off Charlie Brown’s face last Saturday.

The Mallorie Park boss was buzzing in the moments after his exciting young side demolished neighbours Boroughbridge 5-1 on their own patch.

Now he’s calling for a consistent start to 2012 as they plot a fine finish to an already impressive West Yorkshire Premier League campaign.

With his men currently occupying sixth position, a top four finish isn’t out of reach according to the gaffer.

“At the start of the season the aim was to stay in the division,” he said.

“That was our goal. At the moment we’re in a good position and I see no reason why we can’t push for a top four finish after a good start to the season.

“The thing we need, though, is consistency. That’s bugged us in the past and it’s happened this season already.

“We’ve put in good performances against the top sides and then we lose the next. We can’t do that if we want to be up there.

“It’s Whitkirk next. I want another performance like the ‘Bridge one.

“We need to get them up for it. It will be difficult after the ‘Bridge game when we were playing in front of a big crowd.”

A bumper crowd in the region of 200 put their New Year’s Eve celebrations to one side to witness a magnificent display by the away side.

‘Bridge had their chances to set-up a classic. But Ripon’s Mark Rimmer played a blinder in the away net, only conceding the one goal.

“I was delighted,” said Brown after the game.

“We played some good football, we’ve got a really strong squad this season and it just all came together.

“I couldn’t say, honestly, who was man-of-the-match. Luke Robinson, you’d have to look at him as he scored a hat-trick.

“But Mark Tyson was awesome in defence and Mark Rimmer was superb.

“It seems strange saying that about Rimmer because he was magnificent and we won 5-1. But they had a few chances to get back in the game and our ‘keeper was up to it.

“I just can’t praise my men enough. Boroughbridge is always a difficult place to come and get a result.

“We haven’t had the best of luck here over the years, so to go out there and win 5-1, well I can’t say how happy I am.”

The January fixture list has been kind to City.

After tomorrow’s trip to Whitkirk, they will are on the road again a week later at East End Park.

A home clash against Oxenhope then arrives on January 21, before an away day at relegation threatened Sherburn to finish the month.

“Whitkirk are next and we need to look at going there and getting a result, especially after the ‘Bridge game,” added Brown.

“You look at the run of games we’ve got and we are capable of winning them all, if I get my full squad out.

“The confidence is high and we’ve just got to keep it going.

“It comes down to consistency. Hopefully this year we’ll be able to be more consistent.”

With a number of Harrogate Town U-19 players in his squad, Brown will have to wait and see how many the Wetherby Road club take for their home game against Histon tomorrow.