The Summer League
Brassington 12 FC Hulland 1 (att 30)
Despite its geographically indistinct title, The Summer League is a sort of Ashbourne and District League that's been providing summer football since 1930. I've been watching it since the 1990s, so these days visits are restricted to the occasional new venue.
Villagers in Brassington, a picturesque place between Ashbourne and Matlock, opened their new recreation ground earlier this year. Facilities include a football pitch, allowing Brassington FC to play in the village itself, having previously been based in a distant farmer's field.
It's a good ground for this type of football. The single pitch is enclosed, players change in a pitch-side portable building, and there's plenty of car parking.
It was difficult to judge how good Brassington are on the pitch after this game, they were miles better that FC Hulland, who I believe have struggled in their league games so far. The home side scored four in the first half, before a goalkeeping howler allowed Hulland to pull one back before half time.
Eight more second half goals for Brassington was a good reflection on their total dominance. A 12 goal haul isn't bad, especially considering Summer League games in this part of the world consist of two 40 minute halves (cup games, curiously, are played over 90 minutes).
A sunny evening, a picturesque football ground, plenty of goals and good company from a few other groundhoppers made for good evening out.
Brassington's new pitch hasn't made Google Maps yet, but for a map of its approximate location click here