West Yorkshire League: Ripon City boss urges injury-torn squad to secure fifth

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Injury-strewn Ripon City must play for pride in their final West Yorkshire League matches, according to boss Charlie Brown.

City can secure a repeat of last season’s fifth place if they win their final two Premier Division matches.

The Mallorie Park outfit will motor to Hunslet Club on Saturday before tackling high-flyers Field on the final day of the season next weekend.

Brown’s boys still have their fifth-place destiny in their own hands after stunning third-placed Leeds City 3-2 last Wednesday, despite fielding a severely weakened side.

Goals from James McDaid, Pa Cisse and Tom Leeming gave City a three-goal advantage into the second-half before they staved off the Leeds side’s late comeback.

Daz Simpson was suspended for the clash, while Matt McGlinchey, Paul Vincent, Adam Robinson and Nick Cressey were injured.

The boss’s attentions now turn to the trip to Hunslet but he is again without several key men. Cressey should return to the squad but McDaid and Simpson join the long-term absentees on the sidelines.

“It’s going to be another threadbare side,” said Brown.

“Everybody wants to finish on a high. I certainly don’t want the season to peter out.

“It would be nice to equal last year’s performance. It’s still there for us.

“If we can go there on Saturday and bag ourselves three points, a win against Field will secure us fifth place.”

The gaffer was praying for another shock victory from his thin squad last night, when City tackled rivals Knaresborough Town in the Whitworth Cup semi-final, after the Gazette went to press.

Boro headed into last night’s clash in red-hot form after winning the NCEL League Cup on Saturday, but Brown remained confident his amateur outfit could muster a surprise against their semi-professional opposition.

Boroughbridge await the winner in the final, but the date has yet to be announced.

Bridge dropped out of the race for West Yorkshire Premier fifth-spot at the weekend when Leeds compounded them to a 3-0 defeat.

Daz Ekin’s men head to Oxenhope Recreation this Saturday, before hosting the same outfit to conclude their league season a week on Wednesday.

The Keighley squad are playing through a fixture backlog and could still have a say on the top five.

Oxenhope sit on 34 points, six behind Boroughbridge and 14 behind City. They had six matches left before playing struggling Kippaxlast night.

Meantime, Boroughbridge A thrashed Pannal Sports A 8-1 to end their promotion winning Harrogate & District Division Two season.