Ripley Town were given a lesson in finishing by table topping and free scoring Aston on Saturday as they lost 5-1 in Division One of the Midland Regional Alliance.
The home side started well in front of a decent-sized crowd but fell behind to a sloppy goal following a scramble from a corner after 20 minutes.
It was 2-0 after half an hour when Aston converted a cross following a slick move. Town had chances of their own as Lewis Parkin twice came close and both Liam McKenna and Dan Storer had chances before the break.
The second half saw the visitors score two quick goals to race into a 4-0 lead but the hosts continued to create chances.
Again Parkin and McKenna went close and Ripley had two penalty appeals turned down before the referee made it third time lucky and pointed to the spot, but Parkin’s kick was brilliantly saved. Parkin then made amends with a quality goal to reduce the deficit but the Derby-based side had the final say with a stunning 30-yarder that beat debutant keeper Richard Jones from 30 yards, though if must be said the new Town keeper had an excellent game.
But goals win matches and Aston showed Ripley how it’s done as Town’s nightmare start to the season continues with a third successive defeat that leaves them bottom.
This Saturday, Ripley are home to Wirksworth Town Reserves (3pm kick off).