Super Ripon City notch third final

hsb  Ripon City v Boroughbridge.  Number 3 (Ripon).  (121201M5c)
hsb Ripon City v Boroughbridge. Number 3 (Ripon). (121201M5c)

Ripon City manager Paul Vincent hailed his squad’s improved resilience after seeing his side strike late to win twice this week.

Vincent’s team reached their third cup final this season on Tuesday night when they shocked League Cup favourites Bardsey 2-1 with a late extra-time winner.

Before then, City striker Duncan Terry hit an injury-time winner on Saturday to defeat lowly Carlton Athletic 2-1, with Daz Simpson also scoring a penalty.

As well as the League Cup final, City have also booked their places in the Whitworth Cup and Charity Cup finals.

Fourth-placed City’s next game is a repeat fixture against West Yorkshire Premier table toppers Bardsey on Wednesday night.

City bounced back from conceding a late equaliser against 14th-placed Carlton as Terry slotted home after Dan Clayton had surged forward.

Goalkeeper David King came into the side as usual stopper Mark Rimmer pulled out with an injury and the ‘keeper made several fine saves.

The three points helped Vincent’s side eclipse last season’s tally with six games left and the manager said they were still on course for their top five position.

On the victory, the gaffer said: “Last season we would have gone there and drawn 1-1 but there was belief and we deserved to win the game. I was really pleased.

“It was our best away performance we have had all season. The togetherness between the lads was excellent.

“We defended resolutely as a unit and looked comfortable in the middle of the park on a hard pitch which was very bobbly.”

James Mason picked up an injury on Saturday and, despite praising his squad’s depth, Vincent believes his presence will be a big miss.

He said: “He’s our experienced player and has been excellent all season.”

Joe Knowlson and Simpson were the goalscorers as Vincent’s side edged Bardsey at Knaresborough Town’s Manse Lane.

After watching his side overturn them in the cup on Tuesday, Vincent reckons his players have a strong chance of upsetting Bardsey’s title quest too.

He said: “They are big strong lads and they are top of the league for a reason. They have been in that position for a number of years and they will be well up for it.

“We go into the game as underdogs but I believe in the lads. They have a real belief now. We will go there and respect them but do what we need to do.

“We have to go there and perform.”

The lads are all geared up for all the games and they are all hungry.”