Six of the best for Ripley as they get off mark with big win

Ripley Town manager Paul Lavender with councillors Steve Freeborn and David Williams

Ripley Town manager Paul Lavender with councillors Steve Freeborn and David Williams

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Ripley Town got their first points of the Midland Regional Alliance Division One season on Saturday in emphatic style with a 6-0 win at home to Wirksworth Town Reserves.

With players slowly coming back from injuries and holidays, Town fielded a much stronger side than in recent games.

Ripley had several early chances but finally went ahead after 20 minutes when Joe Crossley cut in from the right and his fierce shot was deflected past the visitors’ keeper.

It was soon 2-0 when a long throw from Lewis Parkin was headed home by Dan Storer.

The midfielder then added his second and Town’s third with a fine header from a Nathan Gration corner.

Lewis Parkin got his name on the scoresheet with a fine backpost strike as Town ended the half in total control.

The second half again belonged totally to Ripley and the impressive Dan Storer completed his hat-trick with a classy 20-yard strike.

Lewis Parkin got his second to complete the scoring with a far post header, ending a fine Ripley performance.

This Saturday, Ripley travel to Shirebrook Rangers (3pm kick off).

Meanwhile, Ripley were recently awarded £500 from the Derbyshire County Council elected Members’ Community Leadership Scheme towards some of the costs of the club, including new sets of nets; first aid kit and first aid courses for club members; new water bottles; new sets of corner flags; new sets of shirts, shorts and socks; new match balls.

Manager Paul Lavender said: “It’s expensive to run a football club and this money will help us greatly. The money will be put to great use.”

The award was made by the Labour county councillors for the divisions of Ripley East, Steve Freeborn and Ripley West, David Williams.