Hope Valley League - Premier Division
Buxworth 1 Bakewell Town 4
atten 8

 View Photo set from Buxworth

A glorious afternoon in the beautiful,bucolic High Peaks of Derbyshire.
The village was originally called Bugsworth, but in the early 20th century some residents began to dislike the name of their village; their cause was championed by the local vicar and the village school headmaster. As a result of their efforts, Bugsworth officially became Buxworth in April 1930. 

The area was once an important centre for the Limestone industry. Situated in the Village centre the pitch is surrounded by dry-stone walling and glorious views as far as the eye can see. Adjacent the local cricket team were in action and sporadic 'Howzat' appeals could be heard loudly and clearly.

I really enjoy the Hope Valley League and it is fast becoming one of my favourite leagues. The standard of play may not be the highest but the effort and entertainment more than make up for any failings. The pitch was bobbly, the grass was too long and the whole pitch was covered in dandelions. There was no 'furniture' except for a changing hut for the players a hundred yards away. The changing hut it is fair to say is ramshackle and needs a lick of paint.

The match itself was compitetive with some hard tackles. As normal at this level player committment is not always predictable. Buxworth had been let down by three goalies so were forced to put an outfield player in goal for the whole game. He tried his best but using his hands would have been a better option on more than one occasion. After half an hour the Buxworth No6 after being booked removed himself from the field of play shouting "Better sub me because i will get sent off" . He then returned to the changing hut grabbed his bag , got in his car and went.

In the end the visitors ran out comfortable winners and their third goal was a lovely towering header from a corner. It proved to be the Cherry on top of Bakewell's Cake !

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