Ripley Town suffered a defeat on Saturday to a strong Rowsley side in Division One of the Midlands Regional Alliance.
In a tight, physical but fair game, Rowsley started the better side, playing with confidence but Ripley were well organised and disciplined and were always a danger on the break.
Craig Rodgers was impressive in Ripley’s goal on his debut, making two fine stops, but he could do nothing as the home side went ahead on 35 mins from a corner.
This was a half of few chances and it ended 1-0 to the home side.
Ripley came out for the second half fired up and forced Rowsley back.
They finally got the goal they deserved on the hour mark. as the lively Joe Crossley swung in a corner and David Hodgson flashed home a great header.
The game was close and fair but the referee started to show a few yellow cards and, as the game looked set to end all square, the final ten minutes saw Ripley’s Chris Green sent off for querying a refereeeing descision.
Rowsley made the extra man count to score the decisive winning goal with a classy strike but there was still time for the referee to send off Liam Brown off for dissent.
This Saturday, Ripley turn their attention to the Challenge Cup with a tough home quarter final tie in prospect against Premier League side Derby Rolls-Royce Leisure.
Kick off is at 1.45pm.