Quarter-final exit as Ripley pay for missing scoring chances

Ripley Town goalkeeper Craig Rodgers''Photo by Terry Fletcher
Ripley Town goalkeeper Craig Rodgers''Photo by Terry Fletcher

Ripley Town went out of the Midlands Regional Alliance Challenge Cup on Saturday.

They lost their quarter-final tie 4-0 at the hands of their hosts, Midlands Regional Alliance Premier Division side Derby Rolls-Royce Leisure.

The home side play their football one league above Ripley but it could have been so different had Paul Lavender’s side taken some of the first half chances they managed to create.

The home side always had the best of the possession but Ripley were well organised and frustrated the Derby-based side.

In fact, it was Ripley who had the best chances as Ross Layton, Dan Cummings and Joe Crossley twice wasted good one-on-one chances against the home keeper.

But the game changed in a five-minute spell before half time.

First Josh Buck scored from close range with Royce’s first shot of the game on 40 minutes as Ripley failed to clear a corner, then on the stroke of half-time Sam Gordon added a second to put the hosts in control and make the half-time score 2 0.

Ripley were up against it in the second half and the Derby side made their quality pay, adding further goals through Buck and Gordon as Ripley ran out of steam.

This Saturday, there is more cup action as Ripley host Shardlow St James in a Junior Cup semi-final at the Nottingham Road ground. Kick off is at 1.45pm.