Eyam v Bamford

2pm  24 March 2018

Hope Valley Amateur League, Division A
Eyam 1 Bamford 6 (att 33)

I usually enjoy my occasional visits to games in the Hope Valley League, and being based in New Mills for the weekend, on dog and house sitting duty, gave me an excuse to tick off another of its village clubs.

Grounds at this level are basic, but the scenic setting at Eyam more than makes up for the lack of facilities, while on the pitch effort and endeavour makes up for the what the players might lack in skill.

It's been a tough season for Eyam. They went into this match bottom of the league's middle division, but still just about in touch with the clubs above them.

Trailing 1-0 at half time they might have fancied their chances of getting back into this game, but once Bamford doubled their lead there was only going to be one outcome. The home side tired on their heavy pitch, and it was one way traffic for most of the half.

Eyam's consolation goal prompted a cheer from the crowd, a sizeable number for this level of the game, but they were already well beaten by the time they scored it.

The club are based at Hawkhill Road, where there's a large car park (a necessity given the village's popularity with tourists), a pavilion that houses the changing rooms and, a short walk away, the football pitch.









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