Ripley Town share the spoils with Rowsley 86

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Ripley Town were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw against last season’s league champions Rowsley 86.

With both clubs fighting for a top three, spot both teams were desperate for the points and it was Ripley who started the better side as they stretched the Rowsley back four.

Town took the lead on 20 mins when Lewis Parkin latched onto a loose ball and struck a fine shot low past the keeper.

Ripley worked hard and continued to push, but they couldn’t add to their lead before half-time.

The second half started even with both sides giving everything but slowly Rowsley got on top.

Twice they wasted chances and struck the post in search of an equaliser.

Town could and should have gone two up when Craig riley headed wide with the goal gaping and, shortly after, the visitors punished town when Ripley skipper Ian Randall was adjudged to have handled and a penalty was awarded and dispatched.

Ripley went for it in the last 15 mins forcing several great saves from the visiting keeper.

Town were left angry after Craig riley was brought down leaving the player with a nasty gashed leg, but the referee failed to award the penalty.

It was a draw that suited Rowsley more than Ripley.