Eagling boost for Ekin as City prepare for ’Boro’

NARG 111029 Boroughbridge V Leeds City. No 10 (111029AM)
NARG 111029 Boroughbridge V Leeds City. No 10 (111029AM)

BOROUGHBRIDGE boss Daz Ekin has welcomed the return of club captain Paul Eagling tomorrow for the proposed visit of Oxenhope Recreation (2pm).

However, with hostile weather again predicted, the game could be in doubt.

‘Bridge had a free weekend last Saturday with no fixture scheduled.

The winter snap would have wiped that away anyway, as it did every other fixture in the West Yorkshire Premier Division.

Ekin, like every other manager in the area, is desperately hoping a fixture pile-up doesn’t happen at the end of the season.

He’s also hoping to secure the club’s status in the top flight sooner rather than later.

“We’ll have to see if Saturday’s game goes ahead,” he said.

“If it does it’s another important game for us. We need to win as many games as we can and finish mid-table.”

As for Eagling’s imminent return he hopes it can act as a shot in the arm up front.

“It’s a massive bonus for us, Paul is our captain and a very good striker,” he added.

“That’s one thing we’ve struggled with this year - goals.

“Hopefully we’ll have him and Craig Rampling back too.”

Meanwhile, Ekin is licking his lips at the possibility of facing Knaresborough Town in the quarter-final of the League Cup after drawing either the Manse Lane side or Kellingley Welfare in the last 16 of the competition.

The fixture will be an away one for ‘Bridge.

“We’d have rather missed Knaresborough or Bardsey but I suppose you’ve got to play them at some time,” he added.

“That will be a great game at Knaresborough if they get through.”

BOROUGHBRIDGE RESERVES and their A team were due to play on Saturday. But predictably both games were called off due to the snow.

RIPON CITY’S quest to finish in the top four of the league is set to continue tomorrow when they welcome local rivals Knaresborough Town to Mallorie Park.

The derby tester is sure to get the juices flowing.

A victory for City would see Charlie Brown’s men leapfrog ’Boro’ in the table.

If results go their way, City could sit second in the table.

“Knaresborough haven’t been fantastic of late, but then again neither have we,” said Brown.

“But if we’ve got any aspirations of finishing in the top four these are the games we’ve got to win.

“If we win we’ll go above them and have a few games in hand. It’s a big game then when you look at it like that.

“The lads should be up for this one. As long as we put in a really good shift I don’t see why we can’t beat them.”

With more wintry weather forecast over the weekend, Brown is keeping an eye on the Mallorie Park surface coming up to kick-off.

“We’ll be doing everything we can to get the game on,” added Brown.

“Looking at the squad we’ve got a few players coming back for it. James Charlesworth is on the road to recovery and Matty Foster is coming back gradually.

“He might be fit to play. Hopefully Harrogate Town won’t take too many of the lads and we’ll have them too.”

City were due to welcome Oxenhope on Saturday but that, like every other game in the Premier League, was cancelled.