Ripon City and Normanton Woodhouse Hill define cup thriller in ‘bizarre’ and ‘comical’ clash

Ripon City's Brandon Clarke in action against Ripon Red Arrows. (1509191AM3)
Ripon City's Brandon Clarke in action against Ripon Red Arrows. (1509191AM3)
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Ripon City survived a scare to reach the West Yorkshire League Cup second round after a comical see-saw clash against Normanton Woodhouse Mill on Saturday.

Stand-in goalkeeper Danny Metcalfe was City’s hero as the Reds went through after winning a penalty shoot-out 4-2.

NARG 1508083AM1 Ripon City V Redcar Newmarket. (1508083AM1)

NARG 1508083AM1 Ripon City V Redcar Newmarket. (1508083AM1)

But the real drama had come in the 120 minutes preceding the nervy ending with the two sides sharing 14 goals between them in a 7-7 draw.

Ripon twice gave up winning positions in injury-time as the West Yorkshire League pair played out the highest scoring game at Mallorie Park in recent memory.

Danny Edmonds scored four times for City, with Adam Haswell (2) and Kyle Fox also on target in the thrilling cup tie.

“You just couldn’t describe it. It was comical,” said city boss Micky Baldwin.

“I was definitely pulling my hair out at stages in that game. It was bizarre.”

After falling a goal behind early on, Ripon recovered to take 3-2 lead into the half time break.

A goal apiece left City clinging on to victory in the latter stages but the Division Two visitors forced the extra period when they converted a contentious penalty.

Ripon were the dominant party in extra-time and went into a 7-5 lead with only three minutes remaining. But as in normal time, Normanton found the answers and levelled again to take the game into a penalty shoot-out.

Edmonds, Elliott Gracey, Fox and Brandon Clarke all scored from 12 yards as Metcalfe produced two excellent saves to win the game for the hosts.

“I would have cried if it wasn’t so funny,” Baldwin added.

“I have never seen a game with so many chances. Each time we got in front, we didn’t settle down and try to kill the game. We just tried to go forward all the time.

“To come away with the win, you can’t grumble.

“But if we play like that this week, we will get thumped. We have to tighten up.”

Ripon have been handed a home tie in the next round against Division One rivals Whitkirk Wanderers, who they held 1-1 earlier in the season.