Long wait is over as Ripley return to action

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It’s been a long wait but Ripley Town finally returned to action on Saturday.

The recent bad weather has meant that Ripley hadn’t played a game since December 14, a gap of ten weeks.

The enforced break was particularly frustrating for Paul Lavender’s side as they had been on such a good run in the Midlands Regional Alliance Division One before the bad weather intervened.

On Saturday, they suffered a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Tibshelf.

A first half horror show saw town 2-0 down at the break as a physical visiting side dominated the proceedings.

The first goal was a smart move down the left and the ball was turned in by the only visiting player in the Ripley Town box.

Tibshelf were then awarded a penalty for handball by Joe Shore and keeper Ryan Steeples was sent the wrong way.

It could have been worse had the referee not disallowed a third for offside.

Ripley rallied after the break and got back in the game with a fine finish from James Dennis.

But sloppy marking from a corner allowed an unmarked player to settle the points deservedly for Tibshelf.

This Saturday Ripley travel to Rowsley 86 for a Junior Cup quarter final clash.

The match will kick off at 1.30pm.

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