Craven and District League, Division Three
Horton 3 Hellifield Sports 4 (att 15)
The fourth tier of the Craven and District League isn't a level of football I'd normally watch, but, on a night when choices were few and very far between, I decided that Horton-in-Ribblesdale would least be a nice place to spend a summer evening.
The location of the North Yorkshire village, and its playing field, do indeed make it a scenic ground to visit. Not only that, but the game was very entertaining too, with endeavour and incident more than making up for any lack of skill.
In the first half the small crowd was treated to four goals, two apiece, two penalties, one scored and one saved, and a disallowed goal. The second half was a little more sedate, as Hellifield scored twice, including another penalty, before Horton pulled a goal back to set up a decent finish.
Apart from the scenery, Horton's ground is an unroped pitch on the village playing field, a downhill stroll from the pavilion that provides changing rooms. A row of portable toilets pitchside, and marquees being erected as the game was in progress, are for the weekend's walking festival in Horton.
The two sides meet again, in the return league fixture at Hellifield, next Thursday, and I'm already looking forward to it.