Hulme Cup final joy for Ripon Reserves

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Ripon Reserves lifted the Hulme Cup last weekend, after a 3-1 win over HAMPSTHWAITE at Knaresborough Town.

The first ten minutes were cagey but Ripon began to open up Hampsthwaite through Hodgson down the left wing, the nippy youngster beating their right back for pace every time.

After 20 minutes Liam Gaffney and Garon Ross had more of the ball and provided a couple of through balls for Ryan Blanchard and Danny Edmunds. Ripon were now creating more and when the ball was pulled back to Jack Herron, he slotted it into the bottom corner.

Hampsthwaite’s wingers began to get the better of Ripon’s full backs and created an opening for the equaliser which they deserved.

Liam Gaffneyworked hard to find Ripon another goal and they scored again to make it 2-1 at half time after Herron netted his second of the night.

Ripon shored up their defence after half-time, and their third goal arrived when Edmunds received the ball on the edge of the box, slipping it through to Ross who was brought down. Edmunds duly scored from the spot.

Further substitutions were made as the opposition tried to break downRipon’s back line.

Herron was replaced by Keith Tupling which meant Ricky Senior pushed up field for the final 10 minutes.

Phil Brookes replaced Richard Douglas with the game into the final stages, which saw Ripon keep the score to 3-1.

It was a double celebration for Douglas, whose wife gave birth to their first child during the match.