Northern Premier League
Buxton 1 Ilkeston 2
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“The Bucks” have been playing at Silverlands since 1884 when in their first match they defeated near neighbours Bakewell 2-0. Situated over 1000 feet above sea level, the Silverlands is the highest ground within the pyramid of football . If the game is on and more importantly the Pass is open on a crisp winters day make sure you bring your thermals and a flask !.
Whatever the weather, it is a great place to come and watch some decent football. I had visited here a few times but never with a camera and have always watched an enjoyable game unfold and today was no exception. Today was a Derbyshire Derby with local rivals Ilkeston . A big crowd was expected on a glorious summer's afternoon.
Silverlands is Golden in my eyes , what proper non league grounds should really be like. Non of this flat pack style stands. But today more than ever before it looked well "tarted up" a bit like an Essex Girl getting ready for a Saturday night in Basildon !. A superb , imposing main stand with excellent views across the countryside and covered area on two other sides. A smashing bar and social area and a decent tea hut. The Pies,Peas and gravy were delicious as usual. All served with a friendly smile.
The Staff were super friendly and helpful, I can not speak more highly of the Club.
Match Enjoyment: 9/10
Best game of new season so far,very enjoyable from start to finish. The first half was excellent, finger tip saves, well taken goal, woodwork hit, and a most fantastic double save by Bucks keeper. On a par with Montgomery's for Sunderland in '73 Cup Final it was that good.
Then it really got feisty and spicy. Bucks had two players sent off, Ilson pressed forward, Bucks stood firm until the 94th minute, then seconds later Ilkeston scored a winner. The bucks lost with nine players so the sendings off affected them , those players should "Buck" their ideas up !.Unbeliveable end to a cracking match. The Away fans could not believe they had won and to be honest neither could I !
The drive back through the sun drenched Hope Valley was spectacular and if you go via Bakewell make sure you stop off , for some of their famous tarts, you wont regret it. Until you get on the bathroom scales that is .