RIPLEY Town got back to winning ways as they edged a seven-goal shoot-out at in-form Little Eaton.
The division one game was scrappy yet exciting as Ripley came from behind three times to take all the points.
With a total of six players unavailable, Ripley began slowly and went behind on 20 minutes when Mark Shooter scored but they soon got level as Jay Harrison took advantage of a mix-up in the home defence.
Little Eaton regained their lead thanks toJamie Astley to go in 2-1 up at half-time.
Harrison got Ripley’s and his second goal of the game with a fine finish before Little Eaton took the lead for the third time with an unfortunate own goal from Joz Walker.
But just as Ripley were staring at defeat, up stepped Jimmy Hassell to rifle in the goal of the game to equalise at 3-3 before he pounced on another defensive error to slot home a late winner.
This was a gutsy peformance from Ripley which brought three very welcome points.
This Saturday Ripley are in local derby action when Bargate Rovers visit Nottingham Road (3pm).
Allestree are out on their own at the top of the division. Third-placed Punjab United’s 5-3 win over second placed Derby Rolls Royce Leisure Reserves helping them out.
Rowsley 86 Reserves continue to press though, especially after a 2-0 win over Findern.
Holbrook St. Michaels Reserves, unlike their first team, are on the up following a 5-1 win over Mickleover RBL Reserves. Jordan Butcher, Chris Perry, Dean Tomlinson and Brendan Moore ,with two goals, scoring for Holbrook.
Derby Singh Brothers beat Bargate Rovers 1-0 while Kev Morrow scored all four of the Pastures goals but was still on the losing side as Swanwick Pentrich Road won 5-4.
Tibshelf were 2-0 up against Derbyshire Amateurs before having a goal pulled back. They then made all of their substitutions before losing a player injured. Despite having to play the closing minutes with only ten men they still hung on to win 3-1.Gareth Riley, Steve Clements and Dean Burrows all scoring for Tibshelf.
Allenton United Reserves continue to head Division Two after beating Chellaston Reserves 5-1 although Mackworth St. Francis, 8-0 winners over Punjab United Reserves, continue to chase hard
Derby Royals Reserves lost 2-1 to Little Eaton Reserves.
Bargate Rovers Reserves, meantime, beat Roe Farm 2-0 with goals from Olkan Hacisalihogou and Chris Smith.
Melbourne Dynamo Reserves, drew one-all with Ambergate (report right) while Newton had their shooting boots on as they beat Hilton Harriers 7-1 with goals from Phil Liddle (2), Paul Holmes (2), Dean Bramley, Adam Rodgers and Wayne Nelson.
The battle of Wirksworth ended in a 2-1 win for the Ivanhoe over the Town Reserves
At the the 18th time of asking Sandiacre Town finally recorded a Premier Division league victory.
Scott Pickard scored both of their goals in a 2-1 win over Holbrook St. Michaels. Unfortunately for them, the three points gained failed to move them from off of the bottom of the Premier Division but they did close two points on Ashover, the team above them, who drew 1-1 with Willington. Dale Carline hit the Ashover goal.
A last minute header by Carl Allsopp gave Melbourne Dynamo a 2-1 victory over Derby Royals. Adam Ross scored the other Dynamo goal while Josh Gregory scored from the penalty spot for Royals.
After a 4-2 win over Swanwick Pentrich Road, Newmount were the day’s big climbers. An upward move of two places.
Matlock Sports, meantime, did not drop as much as they feared losing 3-1 to Cromford.
In cup action, Mickleover RBL won 5-0 at Wirksworth Town in the fifth round of the Challenge Cup while Derby Rolls-Royce Leisure defeated Belper Town Reserves 5-2 to reach the final of the Derbyshire FA Divisional Cup South. There, ironically, they will play Mickleover RBL.