Ripley Town returned to action for the first time since the end of November and recorded a fine 3-2 away victory at Derby Singh Brothers.
The hosts started the day in third spot, but Ripley showed no fear as they went on the attack right from the off.
Town could have scored on eight minutes but Lewis Parkin fired wide.
They did however take the lead 10 mins later when Jimmy Hassall brilliantly beat a defender and the keeper before firing home from a tight angle.
Joe crossley then made it 2 0 as he fired home from the edge of the penalty area.
It was 3-0 before the break as Parkin was hauled down by the keeper and Hassall struck his second from the spot with the keeper lucky to stay on the field.
The second half was a totally different affair as ‘Ripleys lack of games told with the hosts dominating and looking physically fitter.
The Derby side pulled two goals back to make it a nervy finish. Young Town sub Warren Keetley was denied a first goal for the club when the home keeper handled his shot outside the area and was dismissed for the offence.
Town managed to hold firm however and took the points from a tough encounter. This Saturday Ripley host local side Bargate Rovers with a 2pm kick-off.