Vincent urges Ripon City to grab first silverware

hsb  Ripon City v Oxenhope Recreation.  Number 10.  (121117M3c)
hsb Ripon City v Oxenhope Recreation. Number 10. (121117M3c)

Ripon City boss Paul Vincent insists his side will give everything to winning the Charity Cup tonight as they seek their first silverware of the season.

City play Sherwood at Knaresborough Town’s Manse Lane (7.30pm) before travelling to Brighouse Old Boys on their return to West Yorkshire League action on Saturday.

Vincent’s side bounced back from a goal behind to beat Field 4-1 last Saturday, four days after losing 2-0 at league leaders Bardsey.

Tonight’s match is Ripon’s first of three cup finals, with the West Yorkshire League Cup and Whitworth Cup finals still to come.

Ahead of the game, Vincent said: “We might look at mixing things up but we want to get the first one under our belt.

“We will go all out to get a result.

“It helps to get continuity in winning matches.

“But it will be a hard game. They are a Sunday league team with players from Harrogate Railway and Knaresborough.”

Liam Gaffney is back in contention as Matt McGlinchey remains Vincent’s only injury concern.

James Mason returned to the squad in Saturday’s win and his boss said his return was a major plus.

Field opened the scoring against the run of play but City equalised before the break when Adam Robinson converted a spot-kick.

Second half goals from Joe Knowlson, Pa Cisse and James Charlesworth then sealed three points for an assertive City and kept them fifth.

Vincent said: “We were a bit flat in the first half.

“It was a bit end of season.

“We had a chat at half time. The lads were honest and I told them they were all playing for a place in these cup finals.

“Their second half performance was excellent.

“We shuffled it about and they rolled their sleeves up.”

On Brighouse, Vincent added: “It’s a big game for us. If they win all their games they are hot on our heels.”

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