West Yorkshire League: Ripon City endure ‘nightmare’ against Oxenhope Recreation

Ripon City's Daz Simpson
Ripon City's Daz Simpson
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Charlie Brown bemoaned a “nightmare” day as his depleted Ripon City fell to their heaviest defeat of the season on Saturday.

Ten-man City were without eight first team players as they were hammered 6-0 at mid-table outfit Oxenhope Recreation.

The injury crisis was that bad for the Mallorie Park outfit, Brown himself had to lace his boots and take to the field in the first half.

New signing Nick Cressey was carried off inside 20 minutes of his debut and veteran midfielder Paul Vincent also had his match ended after an early horror tackle.

And City’s problems got worse when star midfielder Daz Simpson was dismissed after picking up his second yellow card in the second half.

Brown said the match was best forgotten.

“It was just an absolute nightmare,” said Brown.

“The best thing about the weekend was the final whistle.

“I have never made excuses about going to places with weakened teams but we can this weekend. The unavailable list was unbelievable.

“The referee’s performance was farcical. Everything just got progressively worse.”

Brown fears Vincent will miss the rest of the season and the injury could mean he has played his last game for the club.

Vincent indicated earlier this month that he would retire at the end of the season.

“Vinno is going to be out for a number of weeks, it could be his season,” said Brown.

“It all depends on what he wants to do. I do hope that’s not him done. He’s had an outstanding season.”

Prior to the match, City made a third shock signing from West Yorkshire League rivals Boroughbridge when midfielder Cressey transferred.

Cressey was Bridge’s player of the season last year and he has joined striker Ben Jones and midfielder James McDaid in moving across the A1.

Brown refused to be drawn on the fall-out at Boroughbridge but lent his support to Bridge boss Daz Ekin.

He added: “Nick rang me up a few weeks ago and said he was a little bit disillusioned with how things were.

“Daz spoke to him and made him change his mind but he phoned me up again last week and we were able to get his transfer through in time for Saturday.

“Daz must be pulling his hair out. It’s a nightmare scenario for him but when lads want to go, it’s best to let them go.”

Meanwhile, fifth-placed Bridge drew their fifth successive league match 1-1 on Saturday after lowly Hunslet Club scored a last-gasp equaliser.

Goalkeeper Paul Diamond earned the plaudits as Bridge stretched their unbeaten run to nine matches.

City host East End Park this Saturday while Boroughbridge welcome Brighouse Old Boys to Aldborough Road (both 2.30pm).