Baslow v Bamford

12 midday  21 April 2018

Hope Valley Amateur League, Division A
Baslow 2 Bamford 3 (att 29)

It was late on Friday night that I spotted a tweet from Bamford about this game being a noon kick off, and as I'd just learnt that my original intended game had been postponed it was an easy decision to head to the Hope Valley instead.

It's tight at the top of the Hope Valley League's middle division, and both these sides are among those competing for the title and for promotion. The fixture had added spice as Baslow hammered Bamford in the county cup final earlier in the week.

They couldn't repeat the feat with league points up for grabs though. The difference in the first half was in front of goal, Baslow had plenty of the ball but created few clear chances, and when they did they couldn't take them.

When Bamford attacked they looked dangerous, and two goals in quick succession not long before half time put them in the driving seat. A third after the break was, ultimately, the goal that won it, as Baslow set up a grandstand finish by scoring twice in the final five minutes. Despite throwing everyone forward they couldn't manage a third.

I've driven past Baslow's ground countless times so it was nice to finally see a game there. The village sports ground also caters for cricket and tennis, and has a modern pavilion building with an overhanging roof to provide cover for spectators.

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