West Yorkshire League: Ripon City captain targets turn-around after win

Ripon City
Ripon City

Ripon City’s club captain Mark Tyson believes his side’s 2-0 win over East End Park on Saturday could be the ‘turning point in the season’.

Goals from Michael Johnson and Ben Jones helped Steve Donoghue’s side to only their second win of the campaign but still leaves them seven points from safety.

Donoghue was named as Ripon manager last Saturday (November 22) but will only take charge of the club for the first time when they meet Baildon Trinity Athletic in the League Cup on December 13.

Tyson, currently out injured with ankle ligament damage, took charge of the relegation battle with East End Park and said he was impressed with the side’s quick start.

He said: “The result was the main thing because we desperately needed the three points. The first half was brilliant and we started really fast.

“It dropped a little bit in the second half and that allowed them back in the game. We always knew it would be a tough game but the three points was the main thing.

“Obviously nobody likes to be in this position and I don’t think we have ever been this adrift but to get out of this would be amazing.

“We don’t want to go down because Division One is such a tough league to get out. Ripon is a Premier League name so it’s vital we stay up.”

Dave Roche has been named as Donoghue’s assistant but the new manager admitted that he would rely on help from his club captain whilst he is out injured.

Tyson, who has been involved with Ripon City since he was 15, said he would be ‘more than happy’ to help out his new manager, even if that meant ‘carrying the water bottles’.

He said: “I have met Steve the other Saturday and he is a top bloke with a lot of experience in the Yorkshire area and he’s not scared of a challenge.

“Obviously there’s going to be pressure on us because of where we are but with the change of manager and everyone fighting for places it has spurred everyone on.

“I think it’s really important for him to meet the players and to see what they are like. He has his own mind of what type of player he’s after and everyone is eager to impress him and want to be part of his plans.

“I know the set up at Ripon. I have known the lads for a number of years and I know a lot of the players so that will help Steve get to know them a bit better.

Donoghue said that some of his players will be allowed time to ‘relax and recover’ this weekend while others will be appearing for the Reserves side in their clash against Rothwell Town on Saturday.