Ashbourne and District Summer League
Lime Kiln 1 Doveridge 2 (att 40)
Earlier this month leaders Doveridge dropped their only points so far when they lost 2-0 at home to Lime Kiln, but there was no repeat of that surprise scoreline in the return fixture at Wirksworth Recreation Ground.
It was a close thing though. Lime Kiln, named after a Wirksworth pub, took a first half lead and, thanks to heroic defending, a linesman's flag and some poor Doveridge finishing, they held it until the closing moments.
Doveridge finally equalised with less than five minutes to play, before a powerful header from a long throw in edged them in front deep in stoppage time. A harsh climax for Lime Kiln, although the better side won.
New venues in Ashbourne's summer league are few and far between these days, and this was first time I've watched a game to recomplete the league for three years. The standard seemed higher than I'm used to, and Doveridge in particular looked much better than the norm for this league.
As well providing a home pitch for Lime Kiln, Wirksworth Recreation Ground is used in regular winter league football by Wirksworth Ivanhoe, apparently destined for the Central Midlands League next season after years in the Midlands Regional Alliance.
It's just a pitch, but a pleasant one with changing rooms housed in an old-looking building not far away. One side of the pitch is bordered by an impressive cricket ground, while the other touchline was roped off.