Lewis Parkin scored a brilliant hat-trick but was still on the losing side as Ripley Town went down 6-4 at home to Stockbrook FC on Saturday.
In this second versus fourth clash Stockbrook showed why they have only lost one league game this season.
Town keeper Kieran weightman pulled out of the side ill shortly before kick-off and it was left to full-back David Hirst to step in for the unenviable task.
Despite a promising start Ripley fell behind after 25 minutes with a wonder strike from 39 yards.
Against a strong wind Ripley conceded two more goals before half-time and a real hammering looked on the cards.
But Ripley rallied and a beautiful strike from Parkin gave them hope, only for the visitors make it 4- 1.
Again Parkin reduced the arrears but the derby side put the game beyond Ripley as they surged into a 6-2 lead.
But a penalty from skipper Ian Randall and Parkin’s fine hat-trick goal gave the score a respectable look.
Ripley are feeling the affects of so many injured players and remain fourth in the MRA League.
Next Saturday Ripley will be at home, taking on Rowsley with a 3pm kick-0ff.