Ripon City advance past neighbouring Red Arrows in Whitworth Cup

Ripon City's Liam Spence. (1509191AM2)
Ripon City's Liam Spence. (1509191AM2)

Ripon City bagged their first win of the season in knocking city rivals Ripon Red Arrows out of the Whitworth Cup 3-0 at Mallorie Park on Saturday.

Liam Spence gave City a first-half lead before goals from Adam Haswell and Aaron Leferve concreted the West Yorkshire League side’s progression into the second round.

Ripon Red Arrows' Jamie Thomas. (1509191AM1)

Ripon Red Arrows' Jamie Thomas. (1509191AM1)

The victory came as a welcome relief for City boss Micky Baldwin, who is yet to oversee a league victory since taking over from Steve Donoghue

“It was a good all round performance. We said before the game if we didn’t match them for commitment we would lose, but the players matched them well.

“Red Arrows gave a good account of themselves and made it hard for us like I thought they were going to do.

“We were just too strong on the day for them and got the first goal at the right time.

“We could have had a few more goals, though, if our finishing had been better.”

Baldwin is hoping his side can iron out their faults in the final third ahead of facing lower league opposition for the second week running this Saturday.

City travel to West Yorkshire League Division Two outfit Normanton Woodhouse Hill in the League Cup, bidding to evoke memories of three years ago when they won the competition under thenboss Paul Vincent.

Normanton have started the new season in fine fettle and lie close to the promotion places in Division Two.

In fact, only five places in the West Yorkshire League hierarchy split the two teams, with Ripon lying rock bottom of Division One.

Baldwin can call upon a full strength squad for the trip, and wanted his players to up their game again to get the emotions of a cup run flowing.

He said: “You always like to have a good run in the cup. It’s good to get to a cup final.

“League form is obviously more important but if you’re not going to win the league, then you might as well have a go at the cups.

“Hopefully we can do well in these cups and they take it into the league.”

Red Arrows return to Harrogate and District League action on Saturday with a trip to Hampsthwaite HC. The hosts have yet to win in their three matches this season, and have conceded 19 goals.

Meanwhile, Boroughbridge followed the Red Arrows out of the Whitworth Cup after losing on penalties to Beckwithshaw Saints.

For the second season in a row Daz Ekin’s men were beaten 4-2 on spot kicks at their Harrogate & District League opponents after the game finished 1-1.

James McDaid was on target for the visitors.

Bridge face Division One counterparts Headingley away in the League Cup this Saturday. The North Leeds side have started the season in commanding form with six wins from seven matches.