Saturday 24th March
Chesterfield (2) 3-0 (0) Nottingham Players
Flassman (2), Fearn
Sunday 25th March
Telford (3) 3-2 (1) Chesterfield
Chesterfield failed in their title challenge but secured a
promotion slot in a dramatic weekend of hockey in Midlands 2s.
A scrappy and physical game on Saturday against bottom club Nottingham Players saw Chesterfield run out 3-0 winners.
Australian Hugh Flassman scored two, whilst skipper Michael Fearn ensured his side finished second in the table with a cool finish for 3-0.
An away trip to Telford followed on Sunday with the Derbyshire side needing to win to stand any chance of winning the title.
Telford started the game the brighter of the two sides and took the lead after ten minutes. Chesterfield equalised soon after however when Jon Moores finished well from the top of the circle.
A frantic end to the first half saw Telford run in two quick fire goals for a 3-1 half time lead.
The second period was an end to end affair with both sides throwing caution to the wind. Chesterfield asserted themselves on the game and were camped inside the Telford half. Another man of the match performance from Joe Morton drove the visitors forward as a series of good chances came and went.
After sustained pressure the visitors pulled a goal back with 5 minutes to go. Flassman left the defence stranded and slotted home to set up a tense finale but Chesterfield couldn't find the equalising goal.
Coach Christian Battye reflected on an excellent season -
"I couldn't have asked more of the lads, they should all be proud of what they've achieved this season. We have one of the youngest squads in the league and to finish second is excellent. It's been an absolute pleasure to have been their coach and I'm already looking forward to next season as there's much more to come from this group".
Sunday man of match - Joe Morton
Saturday - Tom Bacon
Fearn - PS, Flassman – FG, Molloy - FG, Battye – FG
In a weekend that saw the entire Sunday fixture programme wiped out by freezing temperatures and heavy snow, Chesterfield notched an important win on Saturday in trying conditions away at Finchfield HC. In a game played in bright sunshine, biting winds and snow showers Chesterfield came out on top in what proved to be a thrilling encounter. Michael Fearn, Hugh Flassman, Dan Molloy and Christian Battye were all on the scoresheet in a high energy display from the Derbyshire side. The result leaves them trailing leaders Stratford by two points with just two games remaining.
The visitors got off to a flying start which set the tempo for the rest of the match. Flassman delivered a pinpoint aerial pass to Joe Morton, who controlled the ball brilliantly in his stride – only to be upended by the Finchfield ‘keeper who was sin binned for the challenge. Skipper Michael Fearn made no mistake from the spot to make it 1-0. Further skilful play by Morton then saw him tee up Flassman for 2-0. The home side managed to pull a goal back after a mix up in the Chesterfield defence but Dan Molloy soon restored the two goal cushion from close range – his fourth goal in two games.
A rejuvenated Finchfield emerged from the half time interval – a sign that the game was far from done and dusted at 3-1. Indeed, Chesterfield were made to work hard by a robust home side that were clearly not going to let the points go lightly. After a string of missed opportunities, Battye was on hand to finish a move he started to make the score 4-1. The home side rallied late on to score a consolation but Chesterfield held on for all three points.
Skipper Michael Fearn reflected on a job well done – “It’s always a competitive game here, so to come away with that result is excellent. We can’t do much more other than win our final two games and see what happens”.
Line up –
Lloyd (GK); Bacon, Curley, Moores, Evans; Morton, Battye, Hodgson, Fearn; Flassman, Molloy, Beardsley, Green, Bointon.
Man of the match – Joe Morton
Next matches –
Sat 24th Vs Nottingham Players (h)
TBA vs Telford & Wrekin HC (a)
Molloy – FG FG FG, Flassman – FG FG PC, Beardsley – PC, Morton –
FG, Fearn - FG
A blistering display at St Mary’s saw Chesterfield run in an incredible nine goals without reply against Old Silhillians on Saturday. Hat tricks from Dan Molloy and Hugh Flassman, plus further contributions from Josh Beardsley, Joe Morton and skipper Michael Fearn reignited Chesterfield’s title challenge in some style. They now sit just two points behind leaders Stratford with three games remaining.
Top scorer Flassman opened the scoring from close range before Molloy shot low past the ‘keeper to make it 2-0. Further pressure from the home side followed, with Old Sils unable to match the intensity from a highly motivated Chesterfield side. Flassman bagged his second of the game just before half time when he coolly rounded the goal keeper to score, giving Chesterfield a 3-0 lead at the interval.
The hosts got off to a flying start in the second period when Flassman completed his hat trick with a smart finish after seeing his initial penalty corner flick well saved. Molloy made it 5-0 shortly after with a powerful strike from the top of the circle, then Morton made it six with a neat backhand shot low into the net. With the visitors rocking, Chesterfield pounced again when Beardsley tapped in a Fearn cross for 7-0. Goal number eight saw Molloy grab this third of the game with a superb effort after a fast counter attack. As the clock ran down, Fearn was also on hand to score and put the gloss on an emphatic win for his side.
Coach Christian Battye was delighted with what he saw – “That was a brilliant performance, we were at it from the first to the last minute. The lads worked very, very hard and got the result they deserved. I’m also happy that Dan (Molloy) got amongst the goals, he’s worked for not much reward this season so I was really pleased for him today. We’ve got two massive games next weekend, but the momentum is with us. We’ve just got keep at it.”
Next matches –
Sat 17th Vs Finchfield HC (a)
Sun 18th vs Telford & Wrekin HC (a)
Line up –
Lloyd (GK); Bacon, Brocklehurst, Moores, Evans; Morton, Battye, Hodgson, Fearn; Flassman, Bointon, Beardsley, Green, Molloy.
Man of the match – Dan Molloy
Chesterfield HC (0) 2 – 2 (0) Burton HC
Flassman – PC; Fearn – PS
Chesterfield slipped two points behind league leaders Stratford after a lively 2-2 draw at home to Burton on Saturday. Skipper Michael Fearn snatched a late equaliser for the hosts, earning his side what could prove to be a vital point when defeat was looking the more likely outcome at one stage.
Eager to put last weeks capitulation at Sikh Union to bed, Chesterfield started the game brightly with Hugh Flassman in particular proving too hot for the Burton defence to handle in the early stages. Burton were restricted to playing on the counter attack as the home side pressed hard for an opening goal. Christian Battye missed a great opportunity with the goal glaring and Jon Moores was unlucky to see a penalty corner cleared off the line as the match entered the halfway stage goalless.
The beginning of the second half started much in the same vein as the first - with Chesterfield on top. Andy Hodgson excelled on the left hand side whilst the partnership of Josh Brocklehurst and Joe Morton down the right was also proving to be a success. Finally, after much pressure, the hosts grabbed the opening goal. Flassman kept his cool from the top of the circle and netted his 18th of the season with a low flick past Burton ‘keeper Mitchel Blakemore. Flassman almost scored again soon after, only to see his clever deflection brilliantly turned wide by Blakemore. Burton gained confidence from Chesterfield’s inability to capitalise and soon found themselves level through a Mark Northcott penalty corner. The visitors piled on the pressure and were rewarded with a second minutes after to take a 2-1 lead.
A frantic final five minutes saw Chesterfield throw everything they had at an increasingly frayed Burton defence and with just two minutes remaining their efforts paid off when they were awarded a penalty stroke. Fearn showed no sign of nerves to step up and draw the scores level at 2-2 to secure a crucial point in the race for promotion.
Coach Christian Battye refused to be critical of his side afterwards – “It was important we put in a performance today after last week and I feel we did that for long enough to win the game. We now have to convert that good play into more goals, but I’m sure we’ll get there. Some people forget what a young squad we have – they are learning all the time and are by and large coping well with the pressure. Credit to Burton, they have improved massively and have added real quality to their squad since we last played them. We’ve obviously got a massive game again next week but that’s the nature of a promotion race, every match matters from now on”.
Chesterfield make the trip down to fifth placed Telford next Saturday.
Line up –
Lloyd (GK); Brocklehurst, Moores, Curley, Evans; Battye; Morton, Hancock, Hodgson; Flassman, Fearn (c); Beardsley, Green, Molloy.
Man of the match – Michael Fearn
– FG, Fearn - PS
The race for the Division 2 title took yet another twist on Saturday with Chesterfield blowing a two goal lead in the final fifteen minutes to lose 4-2 away at Sikh Union. At the same time, second placed Streetly suffered a shock 4-1 loss to Bloxwich. Elsewhere third in the table Stratford leap frogged both teams with a comprehensive 6-0 win against Coalville. Stratford now sit level on points with Chesterfield, but are top on goal difference – albeit by a narrow margin of just three goals. Streetly slip to third, trailing the leaders by two points.
Chesterfield were left to rue a hatful of missed chances against an experienced Sikh Union side who found a way of winning despite being under pressure for most of the match. Chesterfield could and should have been two or three goals to the good before Adam Bointon finally broke the deadlock from close range, thanks to a determined run and pass from Joe Green.
The beginning of the second half continued in much the same vein as the first with Chesterfield creating, but missing, good opportunities to score. The second goal arrived mid way through the half - Chesterfield were awarded a penalty stroke which Michael Fearn slotted home to give his side a seemingly comfortable lead. A hair raising final fifteen minutes saw the wheels come off for Chesterfield in spectacular fashion however. The home side converted a penalty stroke for 2-1, then snatched an equaliser all within the space of a couple of minutes. Sikh Union sensed blood and scored a third seconds later. A fourth goal on the break sealed an unlikely comeback and dealt a blow to Chesterfield’s title hopes.
Fourth placed Burton are the visitors to St Mary’s next weekend.
Line up –
Lloyd (GK); Bacon, Moores, Curley, Brocklehurst; Battye, Hodgson, Evans, Hancock; Flassman, Fearn (c); Beardsley, Green, Molloy, Bointon.
Man of the match – Patrick Evans
Flassman (2), Beardsley, Hodgson
Chesterfield notched another win in their quest for the Division 2 title on Saturday, goals from Andy Hodgson, Josh Beardsley and a brace from top scorer Hugh Flassman were enough to overcome a hardworking Bloxwich side.
Flassman opened the scoring with a superb goal – guiding the ball into the net after a weaving run. Further pressure from the home side resulted in the award of a penalty stroke that Flassman converted with ease to make it 2-0, his 17th goal of what has been a fine season so far for the young Australian. A third goal arrived just before the half time interval through Beardsley, who was on hand to slot home after being teed up nicely by Christian Battye.
A very different Bloxwich emerged from half time and began to find some success on the break as the tempo of Chesterfield’s play dropped. The visitors got the goal they deserved mid way through the second half via a powerful backhand strike that left Matt Lloyd with little chance to save. Chesterfield soon reasserted themselves on the game however, thanks in no small part to another man of the match display from 16 year old midfielder Joe Morton – who proved a constant headache for the Bloxwich back four. The home side piled on the pressure and scored a fourth with minutes remaining. Andy Hodgson scored his first goal in over a year following a well worked penalty corner routine to secure all three points.
Skipper Michael Fearn was happy with the afternoon – “We were excellent in the first half, had a little dip in the second but finished the game really well. It’s just a case of winning matches now, it doesn’t have to be pretty”.
Chesterfield travel to Nottingham next weekend to take on mid table Sikh Union.
Line up – Lloyd (GK); Bacon, Moores, Curley, Brocklehurst; Battye, Hodgson, Morton, Hancock; Flassman, Fearn (c); Beardsley, Green, Molloy, Evans.
Man of the match – Joe Morton
A dramatic weekend in Midlands Division 2 saw Chesterfield lose,
then regain top spot within the space of 48 hours. On Saturday
Chesterfield lost a crunch battle 1-0 away at second placed
Stratford, who were then themselves defeated 3-0 away at Burton on
Sunday. That result moves Chesterfield back into first place ahead
of Stratford on goals scored, but with identical points and goal
Coach Christian Battye was left to reflect on an up and down weekend – “We were obviously a bit flat after the game on Saturday, where we played well but just couldn’t put the ball in the net. We knew that Stratford would have a tough game at Burton, but it’s still a bit of a shock to see them slip up - especially after beating us the day before. It’s all to play for now”.
The match at Stratford was predictably evenly matched, but with plenty of chances for both sides. Chesterfield had the better of the first ten minutes, but the home side grew into the game and took the lead from a well placed penalty corner strike. The hosts edged the remainder of the first half, but Chesterfield always looked dangerous on the break.
The second period saw a revitalised Chesterfield apply serious pressure in search of an equaliser. Hugh Flassman, Josh Beardsley and Dan Molloy all came agonisingly close but were unable to find the net. Any threat Stratford posed was nullified however by another huge effort from the Chesterfield back four, led brilliantly by Man of the Match Jon Moores.
As the clock wound down Chesterfield threw on an extra forward but it was to no avail as Stratford held their nerve to win a tightly contested match.
With seven games left to play the two sides are locked in a battle for the title, with third placed Streetly leading the chasing back just two points behind.
Chesterfield entertain third bottom Bloxwich next Saturday.
Line up –
Lloyd (GK); Bacon, Moores, Curley, Brocklehurst; Hodgson, Morton, Hancock, Evans; Flassman, Fearn (c); Beardsley, Green, Molloy, Battye.
Man of the match – Jon Moores
Flassman - 10' 52' PC FG, Molloy - 22' 65' FG FG, Beardsley - 33'
FG, Brocklehurst - 68' FG
Chesterfield put on a dazzling display of hockey on Saturday to run out 6-1 winners against visitors Coventry & North Warwick HC. Dan Molloy and Hugh Flassman helped themselves to braces, whilst Josh Brocklehurst and Man of the Match Josh Beardsley also got in on the act.
The win sees the Derbyshire side move three points clear at the top of the table ahead of next weeks game at second places Stratford.
Coach Christian Battye was delighted with what he saw – “It was a pleasure to watch that game today, the lads played some fantastic hockey and we could have scored far more than we did. We’ve got a massive game next week so today was excellent preparation for that”.
Hugh Flassman got the ball rolling after ten minutes with the opening goal – scoring after darting between two defenders at the top of the circle. It was 2-0 soon afterwards when Dan Molloy latched onto Joe Greens lofted pass and finished brilliantly over the ‘keeper.
Coventry pulled a goal back before Josh Beardsley slotted home to make it 3-1. The goal capped a fine display from the 17 year – old, who pulled the strings playing just behind the front two. Battye was impressed with the young midfielder “Josh was terrific, he was at the heart of our best attacking moves and showed great composure for his goal”.
The visitors put up a stern resistance in the second half, but Chesterfield had too much quality going forward. Three goals were added in a clinical display from the home side in the final few minutes. Flassman grabbed his second with a fine strike and Molloy also turned in his second of the game. Even left back Josh Brocklehurst helped himself to a goal after he was adjudged to have touched the ball last after a great turn and shot from Flassman.
Chesterfield now look ahead to a top of the table clash away at Stratford next Saturday, a game that looks likely to play a significant part in deciding the destination of the league title.
Man of the Match – Josh Beardsley
Line up –
Lloyd (GK); Bacon, Moores, Curley, Brocklehurst; Hodgson; Morton, Hancock, Evans; Fearn (c), Flassman; Green, Beardsley, Molloy, Bointon.
Coalville Town (2) 3 – 3 (2) Chesterfield
Battye - FG, Flassman – FG, Molloy - PC
Chesterfield turned in a functional, if uninspiring display on Saturday in a 3-3 draw away at Coalville Town. In stark contrast to the previous weeks win at home to Streetly, Chesterfield delivered a scrappy performance - but still came away with what could prove to be a valuable point in the title race.
The visitors got off to the perfect start when Christian Battye was on hand to open the scoring inside the opening minutes. Coalville rallied however and equalised from a penalty corner after a period of sustained pressure; the home side were buoyed by the goal and added a second soon after to take the lead, leaving Chesterfield stunned. At this stage it was Coalville that looked the better of the two sides, with midfielders Calum Slaney and Phil Sign dictating play. On a difficult playing surface Chesterfield struggled to find any momentum, but were still able to carve out chances. Dan Molloy went close after a surging run and Hugh Flassman shot just wide of the post from the top of the circle. As the first half drew to a close top scorer Flassman was on hand to convert a defence splitting pass from Johnny Hancock – one of the few moments of genuine quality Chesterfield produced in the opening 35 minutes.
In truth an end to end second half could have gone either way, but Coalville ‘keeper Paul Glover pulled off a series of fine saves to keep Chesterfield at bay and the home side were guilty of missing several gilt edged chances of their own. Coalville took the lead midway through the half via a deflected effort that crept past Matt Lloyd. Thankfully for Chesterfield, Molloy was on hand to rescue a point late on – his first time flick nestled in the side netting to draw the scores level at 3-3.
Skipper Michael Fearn delivered his assessment after the game –
“We’ve been better, but we dug in and got a point. It wasn’t easy today but we showed great character despite not playing well”.
Man of the Match – Adam Bointon
Line up –
Lloyd (GK); Hodgson, Moores, Curley, Brocklehurst; Battye; Morton, Hancock, Evans; Fearn (c), Green; Flassman Beardsley, Molloy, Bointon.
Chesterfield HC (2) 5 – 2 (0) Streetly
Fearn (2), Moores, Flassman, Green
A scintillating display of hockey on Saturday saw Chesterfield run out 5-2 winners at home to second placed Streetly. Two goals from skipper Michael Fearn plus strikes from Jon Moores, Joe Green and top scorer Hugh Flassman sealed an emphatic victory.
Coach Christian Battye was thrilled with what he saw - “that’s the best we’ve played all season, we were at it from minute one. Our work rate was exceptional which allowed us to put them under pressure in key areas. It gives us great momentum going into the next game”.
After a bright start Chesterfield were rewarded when Jon Moores opened the scoring from a penalty corner – his second goal in as many games. Fearn then made it two when he was on hand to finish at the far post. The home side kept up the pressure and continued to carve out chance after chance. They looked to have scored a third just before half time, only for the Streetly goalkeeper to pull off a terrific save from a Moores flick.
The second half brought more of the same as Chesterfield applied pressure from the start, which resulted in the award of a penalty stroke that Fearn dispatched to make it 3-0. Streetly rallied after conceding the third and pulled one back following a mix up in the Chesterfield defence. Normal service was resumed shortly after however, this time it was the turn of Hugh Flassman, who marked his return to the UK with a well taken goal. It was a battling display from the young Australian who still recovering from a nasty bout of flu he picked up in Tasmania over the Christmas period.
At 4-1 the hosts were in total control of the game with Streetly restricted to the odd counter attack that the home side snuffed out – thanks in no small part to a Man of the Match contribution from 15 year old Tom Bacon, another product of the Chesterfield youth system. Inevitably, Chesterfield struck again before the end of the game. Joe Green rounded things off when he turned and fired an unstoppable shot high into the net to kill the game at 5-1. It was a goal befitting of another busy display from the Sheffield Hallam student, who has 4 goals from 12 appearances so far this season.
Streetly managed a late consolation but it was too little, too late as Chesterfield ran down the clock for a well deserved win.
Man of the Match – Tom Bacon
Line up –
Lloyd (GK); Bacon, Moores, Curley, Brocklehurst; Battye; Morton, Hancock, Evans; Fearn (c), Green; Flassman Beardsley, Molloy, Bointon.
Chesterfield HC (2) 3 – 1 (1) Finchfield HC
Fearn (2), Moores
Chesterfield picked up where they left off before the Christmas break with a hard earned win at home to mid table Finchfield. Captain Michael Fearn grabbed a brace and full back Jon Moores converted a penalty corner to secure the points for Chesterfield, their ninth win in eleven league games so far.
“We were clearly a little rusty but it’s another win,” said coach Christian Battye. “We played some really good stuff at times and looked in control of the game. If I was going to find fault I’d say we should have scored more goals – we need to be much more clinical – but overall I’m very happy with the performance”.
The home side welcomed back playmaker Andy Hodgson after a 12 month absence, who put in a typically solid display in central midfield.
“Obviously it’s great to have Andy back,” said Battye. “We missed him last season and he helped us control the midfield today”.
Chesterfield took the lead when Fearn rounded off a flowing team move to lift into the net at the far post. Finchfield equalised shortly after when Chesterfield ‘keeper Matt Lloyd was beaten by a deflected a shot from a penalty corner. Parity didn’t last long however, as the home side re-took the lead through a powerful Jon Moores drag flick to leave the score at 2-1 going into half time.
Despite having to deal with the odd Finchfield counter attack, Chesterfield took control of the second half. Several – perhaps too many – chances went begging before Fearn scored his second of the match, once again finishing coolly at the back post for his eighth goal of the season. Chesterfield continued to press and make good chances but in the end the home side had to settle for a 3-1 win, albeit one that keeps them top of the Midlands 2 table.
Next week it’s the turn of second placed Streetly to visit St Mary’s.
Man of the Match - Michael Fearn
Line up –
Lloyd (GK); Bacon, Moores, Curley, Brocklehurst; Battye; Morton, Hancock, Evans; Fearn (c), Green; Beardsley, Molloy, Hodgson.
Nottingham Players HC (0) 1 – 6 (1) Chesterfield
Battye, Green, Flassman (2), Fearn (2)
Chesterfield HC rounded off the opening half of their 2017/18 league campaign with a comprehensive win at strugglers Nottingham Players on Saturday. Goals from Christian Battye, Joe Green plus doubles from Hugh Flassman and skipper Michael Fearn were enough to ensure Chesterfield move to the top of the Midlands 2 table over the Christmas break.
The home side put up a resolute defence in the first half in the face of intense Chesterfield pressure and it was only minutes before half time when Battye finally broke the deadlock, finishing past the ‘keeper at the second time of asking.
The fitness of the away side told in the second half as Notts Players struggled to get the ball out of their own half. A second goal arrived when Green turned in from close range against his former club after Joe Morton’s shot was well saved by the ‘keeper. Man of the match Fearn grabbed the third before top scorer Hugh Flassman struck two penalty corner goals to make it 5-0. Further pressure from the away side almost resulted in another goal – this time Louis Johnson was unlucky not score after a strong run that left the Players defence standing.
In a game full of excitement both Christian Battye and Joe Scott conspired to get themselves sin binned before Players captain Guy Draper pulled a goal back for the hosts. The visitors continued to press however and were rewarded with a sixth goal late on when Fearn scored his second of the game from the penalty spot.
Coach Christian Battye reflected on a productive first half of the season :
“We’re top at Christmas which is a nice bonus. I think we’re probably the fittest side in the league which means that even in the final ten minutes of games we’ve still got plenty in the tank. I’m really pleased with the attitude and atmosphere around the squad – the younger lads are all developing well and the older guys are helping them along. Our general play isn’t always pretty to watch but it’s effective – and that’s all we should care about. The key thing is we don’t lose our focus and go into the New Year raring to go again”.
Chesterfield resume the league season on Saturday 6th January 2018 at home to Finchfield HC.
No Match ..... postponed due to adverse weather conditions.
(2), Morton, Molloy, Hancock
Four second half goals in an incredible game at Old Silhillians were enough to get Chesterfield out of jail and snatch all three points on Saturday.
Top scorer Hugh Flassman grabbed a brace plus further goals from Joe Morton, Dan Molloy and Johnny Hancock sealed what could prove to be a vital win in the title race.
Chesterfield put in a ponderous first half performance and were two goals down before they started to play. Flassman pulled a goal back for the visitors, finishing from close range after Morton’s shot was deflected high into the air. Old Sils quickly responded however and punished some sloppy defending with another on the stroke of half time to lead 3-1 going into the break.
Luckily for Chesterfield, they emerged from the half time break a transformed side. They played with aggression and intensity, forcing the home side into errors at the back. Flassman struck his second from a penalty corner to bring the scores to 2-3. It was then the turn of fifteen year old Joe Morton, who fired a low shot past the ‘keeper after clever build up play from Adam Bointon and Pat Evans. Man of the Match Morton was once again involved for the fourth goal, this time he skipped past three defenders before teeing up Dan Molloy to convert at the far post. The home side were still shell shocked when Joe Green squared the ball for Hancock to sweep the ball into the net to make it 3-5 to Chesterfield. The visitors could, and should, have scored more but were guilty of missing several clear cut chances to put the game out of sight. Old Sils rallied in the final ten minutes and were rewarded with a goal to set up a tense finale – the home side even going as far to remove their ‘keeper to bring on an extra outfield player, but it was to no avail as Chesterfield held on for a win that at one stage looked highly unlikely.
Coach Christian Battye –
“The first half was the worst we’ve played all season. Second to everything, no energy, lacking urgency – like we just expected them to roll over. Thankfully the second period was a totally different story. We were fantastic and played some brilliant hockey. It shows just how much fight and character we have. Everyone stepped up a gear in the second half but Joe (Morton) was unplayable - he was quick, aggressive and worked incredibly hard. At the start of the year I challenged him to score more goals and be more of an attacking threat - he certainly showed that today”.
With two games left before the Christmas break Chesterfield sit second to leaders Stratford on goal difference only. Next week they play host to mid table Finchfield before wrapping up the first half of the season away to Nottingham Players.
Moores - PC, Flassman - FG
Chesterfield hockey club 1st team were made to pay for an under par first half as they lost their unbeaten record to fellow promotion hopefuls Telford on Saturday. Despite a second half fightback the home side tasted defeat for the first time this season as visitors Telford came away from St Mary’s with a win.
Manager Shane Hale –
“We just had one of those days, not great in the first half but excellent in the second. It’s actually a good lesson for the boys today – we’re not entitled to anything. No one is going to just hand us the league, we’ve got to be at it every single game. There’s no point crying about it. We’ve got to dust ourselves off and win the next one”.
Telford took the lead after fifteen minutes and followed up with a second soon after to leave the hosts rocking. At 2-0 down Chesterfield began to find some rhythm and pulled a goal back through Jon Moores – his powerful shot beating the keeper from the top of the circle. The revival was short lived however as Telford struck a third on the stroke of half time, this time Matt Lloyd was bested via a fortunate deflection.
A very different Chesterfield emerged from the half time team talk and finally began to look like league leaders. Quick on the counter and first to fifty – fifty challenges they were unlucky to concede a fourth against the run of play. A swift reaction followed though, this time it was top scorer Hugh Flassman who struck home from an improbable angle to drag Chesterfield back into the match with plenty of time left to play. When Adam Bointon had a shot illegally saved on the line it looked as if Flassman would bag his second of the game from the penalty spot, but the Australian saw his effort rebound back off the post.
As the game became more frenetic both Johnny Hancock and Christian Battye were sent off for Chesterfield late on. With momentum lost and men down, Chesterfield faced a determined Telford defence who held on to take all three points.
Next week Chesterfield travel to Solihull to take on third bottom Old Silhillians.
Chesterfield maintained top spot in Midlands 2 after edging out fellow high flyers Burton on Saturday. Man of the match Josh Beardsley opened the scoring before in form Hugh Flassman sealed the points late on with a clinical finish.
Player Coach Christian Battye –
“What we saw today was the benefit of a hard pre season – we ran and ran and ran. Our work rate and fitness levels are second to none. I’ve never seen a group of lads work so hard, it’s great to see everyone digging in for each other. Josh (Beardsley) has been excellent in the past few weeks and took his goal really well, he’s a real handful for such a young lad and Hugh (Flassman) just keeps scoring. Having said that, we are winning games because we are so together as a squad”.
An end to end first half saw hosts Burton have the lions share of the possession without really troubling Matt Lloyd in the Chesterfield goal. The away side missed a golden chance to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty stroke, only for Battye to see his effort brilliantly saved by Derbyshire Under 17s keeper Jack Smith. Just as it seemed the half would finish scoreless, Beardsley had other ideas. Latching on to the end of a sweeping counter attack, the young forward rounded the keeper to slot home from a tight angle for his second goal in as many games.
Burton flew out of the traps in the second half and forced a series of penalty corners that Matt Lloyd repelled with ease. Chesterfield created several good openings only to come up short when it really mattered however. Another measured performance from veteran Adam Bointon helped the visitors take control of the second half as he drew on all his experience to dictate the pace of the game. Chances came and went before the intervention of leading scorer Hugh Flassman in the final ten minutes. The young Australian made the most of a penalty corner by rounding the first two defenders and slotting home low into the net to make it 2-1. It’s now six goals in seven games for Flassman since arriving from the Tasmanian Premier League in September.
Chesterfield have now won their last six games and sit three points clear at the top of Midlands 2. Next week they welcome Telford & Wrekin HC, who also boast an unbeaten record and sit in third place.
Dan Molloy, Joe Morton, Josh Beardsley, Hugh Flassman
Chesterfield hockey club 1st team secured their fifth win in a row on Saturday despite a second half fightback from a highly motivated Sikh Union side. The victory was in no small part down to a classy display from goalkeeper Matt Lloyd, who pulled off a wonder save in the dying seconds to help Chesterfield move three points clear at the top of the table.
Manager Shane Hale was satisfied post match, despite a nervy second period -
“We had a really excellent first half and should have been out of sight, some of our build up play was fantastic. When we keep it simple we look unplayable at times. The second half wasn’t great though. We seemed to switch off and let them back into the game. You can’t do that against a side like Sikh Union who have the quality to punish you if you’re not careful. It’s another win though and this squad is learning all the time”.
Dan Molloy celebrated a recall to the starting line up with the opening goal, his shot squeezing in at the near post to give Chesterfield the perfect start. Their lead was doubled when energetic midfielder Joe Morton slotted underneath the ‘keeper after seeing his initial shot well saved. Sikh Union pulled a goal back before a clever finish from Josh Beardsley restored Chesterfield’s two goal lead. Despite having the majority of the play, the home side were unable to add to their tally before the half time interval.
The visitors threw caution to the wind in the second half and were rewarded with two goals to draw the scores level. Playmaker Mundeep Virdi and skilful winger Sarpreet Mehat were given time and space to play as the home side began to wobble somewhat. Although they were far from their best, Chesterfield always looked dangerous on the break. The game looked to be heading for a draw until a flowing team move was well finished by Hugh Flassman, who grabbed his fifth goal of the season with less than five minutes to play.
There was still time for one last Sikh Union attack – and when the ball fell to Pritpal Dhanjal it looked as if the away side would snatch a point, but Matt Lloyd saved brilliantly to make sure Chesterfield gained all three points.
Line up –
Lloyd (GK); Bacon, Moores, Curley, Scott; Morton, Battye, Hancock, Fearn (c); Molloy, Flassman. Subs – Beardsley, Green, Bointon.
Fearn – FG FG; Flassman - FG
A mature performance from Chesterfield was enough to secure all three points away at Bloxwich on Saturday. Two well taken goals from skipper Michael Fearn and a wonder strike from Man of the Match Hugh Flassman saw the Derbyshire side move into second place in the league – with only goal difference keeping them from top spot.
Coach Christian Battye was more than happy with the result –
“We weren’t quite hitting our standards in the first half and only really got going in the final fifteen minutes of the game, but we did enough to win. The entire squad contributed today – even if we’re not playing particularly well we all still work for each other. We haven’t conceded too many and always look dangerous going forward, so it’s been a really positive start to the season”.
Chesterfield struggled to get going in what was a largely forgettable first half. There were only flashes of quality on display as the home side restricted the visitors to half chances – Joe Scott had a deflected effort well saved but there was precious little to savoir from either side. When Chesterfield finally broke through it felt something of an anti - climax, despite the excellent diving finish from Fearn to turn in a well - placed Flassman cross. Chesterfield held the lead for all of 5 minutes before Bloxwich equalised on the stroke of half time.
A much more energetic second half and a tactical adjustment from Manager Shane Hale brought greater reward for Chesterfield. The Bloxwich ‘keeper was kept busy throughout as the away side began to get on top of the match - with Adam Bointon and Dan Molloy holding the ball up brilliantly on the forward line. Fearn grabbed his second of the game (and fourth of the season) from an improbable angle before Flassman stole the show with a terrific backhand finish from the top of the circle to seal the points.
The result makes it 4 wins in a row for Chesterfield as they look ahead to hosting second bottom Sikh Union next weekend.
Flassman – PC
Chesterfield kept their third clean sheet in a row and grabbed all
three points against a well drilled Stratford side on Saturday. Australian Hugh Flassman rifled in
a penalty corner to give his side a deserved victory in what was a
tightly contested match between two candidate for promotion.
The hosts welcomed back Adam Bointon and Joe Morton into the squad but were without Johnny Hancock and the suspended Patrick Evans, meaning utility player Joe Scott was drafted in at left midfield.
Both teams went into the game with impressive defensive records which meant for a somewhat predictable, but none the less enthralling first half.
The home side created a handful of openings but were unable to convert, whilst Chesterfield ‘keeper Matt Lloyd was able to mop up anything the visitors threw his way.
Stratford were first out the blocks in the second half and Chesterfield were forced to absorb a sustained barrage of pressure from the visitors. Chesterfield were helped by a Man of the Match display from Josh Brocklehurst – who bravely battled through a slightly painful hamstring to complete a full 70 minutes.
Once Chesterfield were able to string a few passes together however, they opened up the oppositions defence and posed a constant threat on the break.
Mature displays from Adam Bointon and Christian Battye enabled the more creative talents of Hugh Flassman and Michael Fearn to flourish. The home side created – and missed – gilt edged chances in the second half before they finally broke the deadlock. Golden opportunities for both Morton and Bointon came and went before the intervention of Flassman, who stepped up to fire home a penalty corner with only minutes left on the clock.
Skipper Michael Fearn was happy with his sides afternoon -
“We weren’t completely pleased with how we played in the first half, but I still thought we were the better side. The first 10 minutes of the second half was fairly ropey and we had to roll our sleeves up a bit, but we always looked like we were going to score. Stratford are a very good side so the result today could prove to be a big one come the end of the season”
Chesterfield travel to mid table Bloxwich next weekend.
Green – FG, Fearn – FG
Chesterfield put in a gritty display away at Coventry on Saturday to earn three points in testing circumstances. Joe Green and captain Michael Fearn were on target in an ill tempered, fractious affair. Patrick Evans was sent off late on but Chesterfield held on for a much deserved win. The three points were all the more satisfying for the visitors after losing Joe Morton to a calf injury in the warm up and Dan Molloy midway through the first half with a nasty blow to the head.
A tight first half saw Hugh Flassman have a goal chalked off as Chesterfield created a number of good chances they failed to convert. Hosts Coventry rarely troubled a well organised Chesterfield defence, with all the running made by the away side. The game soon descended into a sea of cards and flying tackles however – certainly not one for the small group of travelling supporters to savour.
As the quality of the hockey on show deteriorated, the half time whistle came as a welcome relief.
Although the second period largely mirrored the first, Chesterfield produced enough moments of invention and quality to elevate the gloom. Man of the match Joe Green broke the deadlock with a trademark finish – which put the polish on another busy display for the attacking midfielder. Michael Fearn got on the end of a sweeping team move to seal the points late on, ensuring Chesterfield maintained their unbeaten start to the season.
Manager Shane Hale summed up the game –
“That was a very, very satisfying win. We dug in and stuck at it, that’s what Chesterfield sides do and what we need to keep on doing”.
Stratford are the visitors to Chesterfield next Saturday.
Lloyd; Bacon, Moores, Curley, Brocklehurst; Green, Fearn, Hancock, Evans, Flassman, Beardsley. Subs – Molloy, Battye.
Flassman – FG, FG, Green – FG, Fearn - PC
Two strikes from Australian Hugh Flassman, plus well taken goals from skipper Mike Fearn and Joe Green were enough for Chesterfield to claim all three points against a well drilled Coalville side on Saturday. A gritty team performance and a Man of the match display from Flassman saw Chesterfield record a deserved win, much to the delight of the home crowd.
Mike Fearn was full of praise for his side after the game –
“We looked really solid at the back and fast on the break – it was just an excellent team effort again today. Hugh (Flassman) is settling in very well and is enjoying life in the town which is great to see. Next week won’t be easy but it’s a tight league, we’ve just got to keep our heads down and get on with it”
Flassman got the ball rolling with an unstoppable strike from the top of the circle, he then turned provider shortly after – laying on a pass for Joe Green to round the keeper and score his first of the season. The home side largely dictated the pace of the game but on the rare occasion Coalville threatened ‘keeper Matt Lloyd was able to deal with anything that came his way.
The hosts went into the break 2-0 up but truthfully should have been more comfortable.
Chesterfield set about their task with vigour in the second period and played the majority of the game in the opposition half. A searing one touch counter attack saw Hugh Flassman grab his second of the game, deceiving the goalkeeper and calmly slotting home. A fourth and decisive goal arrived through Mike Fearn at the far post after a weighted pass from Dan Molloy.
Flassman was clearly delighted to get off the mark – “I’m really enjoying it all so far, everyone at the club is really friendly and the same goes for the people in the town too! I’m glad I bagged a couple today – hopefully there’s more to come”
Chesterfield travel to Coventry HC next Saturday.
Morton - F
Chesterfield opened their 2017/18 league campaign on Saturday with
a solid score draw away at Birmingham side Streetly HC. A difficult
pitch and a physically imposing opposition provided stern test for a
young Chesterfield side, but they more than matched the hosts to put
in an assured performance. Joe Morton's goal wasn't enough for the
win however as Streetly showed their mettle to equalise and ensure
the points were shared.
After a fruitful summer of recruitment, Chesterfield went into Saturday's encounter a much changed side from last year. Australian import Hugh Flassman and summer signing Josh Beardsley both put in effective displays, plus the return of utility man Joe Scott also added extra steel to the back line.
The first half was an understandably tight but none the less fiercely competitive affair. Skipper Michael Fearn had a shot cleared off the line, whilst at the other end Chesterfield 'keeper Matt Lloyd produced a miraculous save to keep the scores level. Player coach Christian Battye did his best to get sin binned after a series of close to the wind challenges and was perhaps fortunate to escape with a warning just before the half time interval.
A much more open second half saw both sides press for the win, with chances coming and going at either end of the pitch. Flassman had a penalty corner brilliantly cleared by the defender, leaving the young Tasmanian wondering how he hadn't got himself on the scoresheet.
When the opening goal did eventually arrive it proved to be well worth the wait. A sweeping team move was finished by teenager Joe Morton, who capped another marauding display with a cool finish at the far post. It was just reward for the promising 15 year old, who was a constant threat down the right hand side throughout the game.
After working so hard to take the lead Chesterfield we left kicking themselves in the manner they conceded the equaliser. Joe Scott was adjudged to have committed a foul on the edge of the circle - and Streetly defender Matt Bates converted the resulting penalty corner.
The remainder of the game was something of a battle but the Chesterfield defence were well
marshalled by a Man of the Match display from Ben Curley as the visitors held on for a point.
Coach Christian Battye was satisfied with the afternoon -
"That was a really, really good team performance. Everyone put a shift in and there are some tired legs now but that's how it should be. The only slight complaint is we tossed away the lead but a draw is a fair result. We can't be too disappointed with a point here today".
Chesterfield host Coalville Town at home next week.
Chesterfield finished their pre season on Saturday with a narrow
5-4 defeat away at Boots HC. A hat trick from Johnny Hancock plus a
goal from skipper Michael Fearn were not enough for the win, as
Midlands 1 side Boots outscored the visitors in an end to end game.
The match marked the debut for Chesterfield’s latest signing from Australia, 21 year old striker Hugh Flassman. Coming on at half time, he made an instant impact and forced the Boots keeper into a series of fine saves. He also grabbed an assist, crossing the ball for Fearn to turn in at the back post after great combination play with Joe Morton down the left hand side.
Flassman has signed from Derwent HC in Tasmania, and becomes the 10th player from the island to represent the club at 1st team level. Adam Clifford, coach of Derwent, offered a glowing endorsement of the young striker –
“Hugh is a quiet guy that's capable of breaking a game wide open with incredible pieces of skill on the hockey field. His penalty corner prowess will be a huge asset to Chesterfield's push for promotion, with Hugh's high conversion rate, particularly late in close games, a trademark of his play in Tasmania's Premier League competition. Hugh is capable of scoring from anywhere in the attacking circle and is at his most dangerous on the end of fast counter attacking moves.
Having been a past player of Chesterfield HC, I know Hugh will fit in with the squad quickly, be a fan favourite and help take some of the expectation off their younger, emerging players”
Chesterfield begin their league season away at Birmingham based Streetly HC next Saturday and can go into the 2017/18 campaign with some confidence.
In addition to the arrival of Flassman, the 1st team squad has been further strengthened by the signing of promising teenager Josh Beardsley, who has impressed on the forward line with four goals in three games. Goalkeeper Matt Lloyd also looks in fine form, whilst the evergreen Adam Bointon has showed no signs of the injury that kept him out of action for the second half of last season. Competition for the two promotion slots is sure to be fierce, but Chesterfield can justifiably consider themselves amongst the favourites this year.
Beardsley – FG FG, Johnson - FG, Moores - PC, Bointon - FG
After a comfortable win the week before at home to Nottingham, Chesterfield faced a much sterner test away at North Notts on Saturday. Despite the 5-2 scoreline Chesterfield were made to work hard for the win against a highly motivated North Notts.
A brace from Josh Beardsley – his second in as many games – plus strikes from Louis Johnson, Jon Moores and Adam Bointon were enough for the win.
The Derbyshire side welcomed back captain Michael Fearn to the starting XI after illness, whilst Christian Battye also made his return from a hip injury.
A cagey start soon gave way to a free flowing game with chances at both ends of the pitch, goalkeeper Matt Lloyd proved his worth once again with a string of fine saves – with one in the second half a contender for save of the season already.
Despite not being at their best, Chesterfield still produced enough flashes of quality to open up the Notts defence. 16 year old Josh Beardsley once again impressed on the forward line, grabbing two goals to take his pre season tally to four in two games. Fellow junior Louis Johnson also got in on the act, turning in from close range after great combination play from Joe Green and Christian Battye down the right hand side.
The opening period of the second half belonged to North Notts as Chesterfield allowed the home side too much time and space. Notts pulled a goal back and looked as if they might get back into the game before the timely intervention of Adam Bointon, who netted coolly to make it 4-1. Butler pulled a goal back to make it 4-2 but Chesterfield responded late on with a fine penalty corner strike from Jon Moores. There was still time for Dan Molloy to hit the post late on as the away side found their stride in the final ten minutes to run out deserved winners.
Skipper Michael Fearn was satisfied with his team –
“We knew today would be a lot tougher than last week and overall I think we responded well to what was a different type of game. I thought we could have worked a little harder to start with and came out after the break a touch off the pace, but we did enough to win the game. The squad is shaping up nicely”.
Chesterfield finish their pre season campaign next week away to Boots HC.
Beardsley 8' 66'
Johnson 28' 48'
Evans 58' 64'
A youthful Chesterfield side got their pre season campaign underway with a blistering 9-2 win at home to Nottingham HC. Three first and six second half goals saw a new look side run away with a comfortable victory.
With coach Christian Battye (hip) and skipper Michael Fearn (tonsillitis) unavailable Chesterfield were able to give a full debut to 15 year old James Eades, the latest graduate from the junior academy. The game also saw a welcome return to action for Adam Bointon, who showed no signs of rustiness after a long injury lay off as he capped a mature display with a fine goal. New signing Josh Beardsley also enjoyed a fruitful afternoon, netting twice and proving himself to be a threat in the opposition circle. 16 year old Louis Johnson also got in on the act – with two fine finishes to put the icing on an effective display. A further brace from experienced midfielder Pat Evans and further strikes from Johnny Hancock and Dan Molloy ensured the hosts had an afternoon to remember.
Coach Christian Battye –
“Today showed just how hard all the lads have worked since we started pre season way back in July. I’ve been challenging the group to self – organise and adapt to changing situations on the pitch and we’re now starting to see that message sinking in. We’ve had a brilliant summer to be fair and the atmosphere around the squad is fantastic. There’s a proper blend of young players and those of us that have perhaps a few more miles on the clock. Eight of the squad are under the age of 23, but there’s still plenty of experience to back that up. Next week (away to North Notts) will be a different test for us though”.
Chesterfield travel to local rivals North Notts next week, before wrapping up their friendly program the week after at Boots HC.
Fishleigh (3), Eades, Morton
A thrilling game at Loughborough saw Chesterfield U16 boys come out on top in what was a nail biting affair.
Chesterfield led 3-1 at half time after two goals from Luke Fishleigh and a James Eades strike but in the second half the home side pulled the scores level with 15 minutes to play.
Goals in the last 10 minutes from the club's top scorer Fishleigh and men's 1st team star Joe Morton were enough for the win however.
Chesterfield Boys now sit second place in the Northern Section of the championships - above giants Repton School and Beeston HC. The league resumes after Christmas, with Chesterfield in a great position to qualify for the knockout stages.
A brave display from Chesterfield boys was not enough as an excellent Derwent team ran out 5-0 winners in the Under 16 Boys league on Sunday. The home side were made to work hard for the win however, thanks in no small part to a superb performance from ‘keeper Ethan Fox, who put in an outstanding display - making a string of fine saves.
Chesterfield were missing key players but still caused Derwent problems on the break and were unlucky not score in the first half after a weaving run and shot from Luke Fishleigh flashed over the bar.
In the end Derwent’s experienced told as they ran in four second half goals and now stand an excellent chance of progressing through to the national stages of the competition.
Chesterfield can take plenty of positives from the game as they look forward to their next match away at Loughborough Town in two weeks time.
Chesterfield U16s (4) 11 - 1 (1) Belper U16s
An incredible seven goals from Luke Fishleigh helped Chesterfield Boys start their season with a bang against local rivals Belper. Two goals from Midlands U17s player Joe Morton and one each for captain Tom Bacon and forward James Whitfield saw the Under 16s run out comfortable winners.
Chesterfield take on Derwent U16s in the next pool game, who themselves recorded an excellent 5-2 victory over Repton School on Sunday.
Coach Christian Battye was thrilled with what he saw
"Each and every one of the boys contributed today and should be really, really proud of that performance. They weren't afraid to take risks and worked very hard for each other. The main thing now is they keep enjoying their hockey without getting too hung up on results".