Stoney Middleton v Chinley

2pm  21 April 2018

Hope Valley Amateur League, Roden Cup Semi-Final
Stoney Middleton 5 Chinley 2 (att 28)

It's barely three miles from Baslow to Stoney Middleton so it was a easy drive to my second match of the day, a semi-final of the cup for teams in the Hope Valley League's third division.

Stoney Middleton and Chinley are neck and neck at the top of the division so I expected a close game. The first 45 minutes were close, as Stoney Middleton took an early lead that was overturned, but they came back with an equaliser to make it 2-2 at half time.

In the second period the home side took control, aided no doubt by being used to the eccentricities of their sloping and undulating pitch at Stoney Middleton Playing Field.

Conceding five was harsh on Chinley, but it means Stoney Middleton are through to face Buxworth's second team in the final.

Like Baslow, Stoney Middleton's ground is one I've driven past many times before. It lacks facilities but it’s a lovely place to watch a game on a sunny afternoon. There's a small car park, changing rooms, and a boundary wall on the far side that's an ideal height to rest on.

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