COULD this be the season that Ripley Town reclaim their position in the upper echelons of local football?
Certainly on the evidence of a 3-2 victory over Premier Division Newmount it could well be.
In a scrappy game spoiled by a strong wind, Ripley managed to go into the half-time interval goalless after a tight first half, the only chance saw Liam Brown head over from Lee Conson’s cross.
All the action came in the second half and Town took the lead from Joe Smith’s corner as Jon Webb headed goalwards, Jay Harrison fired home.
It was soon 2-0 when Brown put Dan Cummings through and he finished in style with a neat lov over the advancing keeper.
Ripley then conceded when a Steve Bayliss back header beat home keeper Ian Randall for Newmount’s striker to score into an open net.
Ripley increased their lead though as the excellent Cummings fed Harrison and the in-form striker slotted home in style.
Tempers gbegan to fray and Liam Brown was sent off for a late tackle, In the melee which followed, Newmount were also reduced to ten men.
The visitors reduced the arrears with seven minutes left but Ripley held out for a fine victory.
This Saturday Ripley are away to Mickleover RBL Reserves in division one action.
Joining them in the semi-final will be Derby Rolls-Royce Leisure who beat Borrowash Vics Reserves 2-0 with goals from Shaun Gordon and Matt Savage.
In the North section while Tibshelf lost 1-0 at Buxton Town, Cromford triumphed 5-4 on penalties after their contest had ended 3-3 after exytra-time. Kyle Johnson, Billy Lobley and Craig Gascoigne netting the Cromford normal time goals.
Premier Division action was all about teams at the foot of the table. Sandiacre Town going down 3-2 at home to Melbourne Dynamo while Ashover, for the second week running reduced to ten men via a red card lost 3-1 at home to Matlock Sports.
Sam Colgon scored for Ashover, Adam Steel and Scott Pickard netting for Sandiacre while Matt Brian (2) and Adam Ross were winning scorers with the Dynamo.
Wirksworth Town beat Swanwick Pentrich Road 5-1 with Carl Moore incredibly scoring all five!
Bev Hudson, Mikey Fitzhugh and Dale Stewart all scored for Willington as they defeated Holbrook St.Michaels 3-1.
Despite Allestree winning 5-0 at Derbyshire Amateurs, Derby Rolls-Royce Leisure Reserves hung on to top spot in Division by defeating Mickleover RBL Reserves 3-1 with two goals from Josh Turner and one from Robson Gray.
Another big away win in this Division was Little Eaton’s 7-0 success at Findern
Punjab United won 3-1 at Holbrook St Michaels Reserves.
The remaining fixture in this Division ended all-square at 2-as Andy Boyack and Connor Eley scored the Rowsley 86 Reserves goal in their draw with Derby Singh Brothers.
Division Two leaders Allenton United Reserves seemed set for victory at Bargate Rovers Reserves until a last minute penalty converted by Shaun Smith enabled Bargate to share the spoils in a match of two penalties.
Roe Farm looked set to claim their first win of the season when they led Pastures Reserves 3-1 but Pastures came back to win 4-3.
Ambergate got back to winning ways as both Andy Stevenson and Shaun Bestwick scored for them in a 2-1 win over Wirksworth Ivanhoe.
Mackworth St. Francis closed on top spot by winning 4-0 at Little Eaton Reserves.