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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