Ripon chief departs after relegation

hsb  Ripon RUFC  (140118M3f)
hsb Ripon RUFC (140118M3f)

Ripon RUFC have parted company with head coach Richard Dixon after the club’s relegation to Yorkshire Three.

Ripon announced on Monday that Dixon had left the Mallorie Park outfit by mutual consent after two years in charge.

The Blues were hit by player commitment issues throughout last year, and won only seven league matches in Yorkshire Two.

After a low finish in the 2012/13 season, Dixon was confident the arrival of Australian Ashley Rio at fly-half would bolster the club into mid-table this year.

But his team fell into relegation trouble this season after starting with five straight defeats.

Another run of five consecutive losses plunged Ripon into more trouble before a final flourish almost pulled off a great escape.But three narrow defeats in the last three matches sealed their fate and they finished 14 points adrift of safety.

A club statement read: “After a meeting of the executive committee of Ripon RUFC with first team gead coach Richard Dixon, Richard’s association with the club has been ended by mutual consent.

“The executive committee would like to place on record their thanks to Richard for his hard work and commitment over the past two seasons.”

Dixon declined to comment over his exit.

A replacement has yet to be named.