Ripon City boss wants cup double

Tom Leeming in action against Boroughbridge earlier this season
Tom Leeming in action against Boroughbridge earlier this season

Upbeat Ripon City boss Paul Vincent wants his side to grasp double cup glory this week.

Vincent’s side battle for the West Yorkshire League Cup tonight (7.45pm) against Horbury Town before challenging rivals Boroughbridge in the Whitworth Cup final on Tuesday (7.45pm).

In between, City welcome Premier title chasers Leeds City on Saturday as they continue to press for the fifth place finish.

City drew 1-1 with Brighouse Old Boys on Saturday to end their opponents’ tilt at the top five, Joe Knowlson scoring for City.

But they missed out on silverware last Thursday as they suffered a 4-3 penalty shootout defeat to Sunday League side Sherwood after the game finished goalless.

Tonight’s clash with Town is Ripon’s first League Cup final and Vincent called for his player’s to reach the level of their semi-final success over league toppers Bardsey.

He said: “It’s a massive game for us and a massive game for the players. It is down to them that they have got to where they are.

“It’s a chance for them to be in the limelight and show people in and around Ripon, Harrogate and Knaresborough how they can perform.

“They need to play to the level they have shown. I want them to go and do themselves justice.”

Vincent welcomes a full strength squad as Duncan Terry, Luke Robinson, Daz Simpson, Ben Clayton, Tom Leeming and James Mason should all return from missing Saturday’s draw.

The gaffer said he was stepping into the unknown against Town for the contest played at Knaresborough Town’s Manse Lane .

“In cup football everything goes out the window,” he said.

“The fact that we are the Premier team would probably make us favourites but we are not underestimating them.

“We know it is going to be difficult. They have won their last 10 games and they beat Oxenhope 3-0. I think they will be a big physical team

“But I’ll be putting in a couple of calls to people that have played against them this year.”

Vincent played down last Thursday’s shootout loss and his side responded well with a minimal squad on Saturday.

He said: “It was even but it was quite a flat end of season match.

“I wasn’t too concerned. It is not a major cup to win.

“It was a good point away at Brighouse and it put them to bed for fifth place.

“We were down to the bare minimum as we had a few injuries and cricket but we did well.”