West Yorkshire League: Ripon City boss Hogg admits ‘we weren’t good enough’

Alistair Hogg
Alistair Hogg

Ripon City manager Alistair Hogg said his side were ‘simply not good enough’ after successive defeats to Wetherby Athletic and Shelley last week.

Hogg’s side conceded a total of eight goals as they went down 4-1 to Wetherby on Wednesday and were then brushed aside 4-2 by Shelley on Saturday.

The defeats leave Ripon 14th in the West Yorkshire Premier Division and with the worst defensive record in the league, having conceded 19 goals already this campaign.

Despite the recent poor performances, Hogg believes his side are capable of playing much better football but the players need to pick themselves up.

He said: “We were really poor in both of the games. We had a man sent off at Wetherby and it all went down hill after that but we were are really poor against Shelley on Saturday.

“It was a case of one good team playing against one poor team so, put simply, our side were not good enough.

“I will get to the bottom of it, it’s bad at the moment but that’s how it is. It will still pick up but the players need to pick themselves up because they have underperformed.

“I know they can perform a lot better than that and they need to look at themselves. We just need to try and crack on and get a good reaction out of the players.”

Ripon City travel to Leeds City on Wednesday, after this paper went to print, and then host league leaders Field on Saturday.

Hogg said he was frustrated by the quick succession of games his team had to play, especially as they were struggling with injuries.

He said: “We still have a lot of people to come back who are away at the moment so we are struggling with injuries but that is still no excuse.

“We can only start improving when we have everyone back but we can’t do anything about that at the moment so we will just have to go with what we have got.

“We are missing nine players from all areas of the pitch so I’m looking forward to when it is just one game a week again as that will give us a bit more time to prepare the team.

“It’s hard work but we will get there, it might take me a couple of months, but we will see what it’s like then.”

Daz Ekin is still looking for his first win of the season as Boroughbridge lost 1-0 at home to Leeds City on Wednesday and then 2-0 away at Hunslet Club on Saturday.

Boroughbridge face a local derby at home to Knaresborough Town on Wednesday, after this paper goes to print, and then face a decisive home match against fellow struggles East End Park on Saturday.