Late goal ruled out for Ripley Town

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Ripley Town continued their tough start to the MRA Division One season on Saturday with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Punjab United.

Ripley have now suffered five straight defeats at the start of the campaign, but this game ended in controversy as they thought they had salvaged a deserved draw.

With three new signings in the starting line-up, Ripley played some decent football with Tim Stone and Lewis Parkin giving the visitors lots of problems in a close fought first half.

But it was the Derby side who took the lead after half an hour with a tap-in.

The second half again was a tight affair and Tim Stone headed over from close range as Ripley searched for the equaliser.

Then, with three minutes to go, debutant Tom Richardson went in a fabulous goal through a ruck of players, only for it to be adjudged offside, to the amazement of Ripley.

So Town tasted disappointment again, although the performance was much-improved.

This Saturday sees Ripley in cup action, away at Pastures (2.30pm ko).