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Chesterfield HC were unable to sign off their 2016/17 season with a win on Saturday, losing 2-4 at home to Streetly. In truth the game was something of an anti climax; both sides were playing for little more than pride - with Chesterfield entrenched in 5th place and Streetly safe from relegation after securing a draw the previous week.
Goals either side of half time from Johnny Hancock and Chris Cowley were not enough as the visiting side ran in two goals late on to take all three points. The mood was elevated somewhat by Hancock's superb goal and man of the match performance, but the game had the look and feel of a dead rubber with neither side playing to their full potential.
The match was notable only for the fact it marked the end of Ben Lamb's tenure as player coach after 2 years at the helm.
It was a day of mixed emotions for the outgoing coach, who has overseen a successful rebuilding program since taking charge in 2015 -
"It's been a privilege to coach the 1st team at Chesterfield for the past two seasons. It's a club moving in the right direction with a great junior set up. There is a real good 'feel good' factor within the club and I hope I've been able to contribute to that.
The 1s have been a great bunch of lads to work with. We've had plenty of highs, with the odd low point thrown in. I've been fortunate to work with some top players and some great juniors. I'm disappointed to have not achieved a promotion in the two seasons I had, but the squad are well placed to do so in the near future"
The role of player coach now passes to Christian Battye, who stepped down as captain after the game.
Lamb gave his full backing to Battye -
"The baton has now been passed to Christian and he'll do a superb job. He's a gifted player and his attention to detail will stand him in good steady. He's driven and committed. I wish him well"
Chesterfield now look to the 2017/18 season with a talented squad that should aim to do more than simply flirt with the promotion places.
Molloy (2), Hancock, Lamb
A second half fight back from Chesterfield saw them claim a hard earned point away from home at Finchfield HC on Saturday. Two goals from Dan Molloy plus strikes from Johnny Hancock and Ben Lamb ensured a share of the spoils in what proved to be an enthralling 4-4 draw.
Chesterfield got off to the perfect start, taking the lead inside the opening minute after Dan Molloy turned in Jon Moores' penalty corner strike. The home side were soon level however, taking full advantage of a mix up in the Chesterfield defence. One quickly became two in similar circumstances as sloppy marking allowed Finchfield take the lead to make it 2-1. Chesterfield soon rallied however and began to look like the side most likely to score next. First Molloy, then Joe Green were thwarted by excellent saves as the visitors pressed for an equaliser.
With only minutes before half time Finchfield pounced on the counter attack to snatch a third, but a neat lob from Ben Lamb late in the half pulled a goal back to leave Chesterfield trailing 3-2 at the interval.
With a second half struggle in front of them, it took the intervention of teenager Joe Morton to re-energise the Derbyshire side with a superb Man of the Match performance.
Captain Christian Battye was full of praise for the midfielder -
"It's no exaggeration to say that Joe changed the game for us today. He totally dominated the right hand side and helped drag us back into the game. I wouldn’t like to have played against him, he was frighteningly quick at times. He's still only young but he's worked very hard this season and is on his way to becoming a very good player indeed"
A much more disciplined second period from Chesterfield saw them shut out Finchfield and create chance after chance on the break. The ever busy Johnny Hancock was on hand to equalise as he tapped in a goal bound effort from Morton.
Chesterfield were largely in control of proceedings and looked to have secured victory in a dramatic final five minutes when Dan Molloy guided the ball over the Finchfield 'keeper to give his side a 4-3 lead. It was not to be however, as the home side scored an equaliser at the death to leave Chesterfield rueing what might have been.
Battye was left to reflect on a missed opportunity –
"It's not the result we wanted, but a fair one in the end. Finchfield are a very good side at home so to come away with a point isn't too shabby really. My only disappointment is that we were within a minute of a win but couldn't close the game out - and that's a big part of reason we aren't going up this season. We've got to be a bit more street wise next year”.
Chesterfield wrap up their league campaign at home to Streetly next Saturday.
Lloyd (GK), Helsby, Lamb, Moores, Bacon; Morton, Battye (c), Hancock, Fearn; Green, Molloy; Sub - Barrett
Man of the Match - Joe Morton
A stellar performance from goalkeeper Matt Lloyd plus two Joe Booth strikes were enough for Chesterfield to record their third win in as many games in Midlands division 2 on Saturday.
The visitors produced a mean away performance to shut out an energetic home side, who now face a crucial last two weekends as they seek to avoid the drop.
Player – coach Ben Lamb reflected on a good day at the office
“Whilst there were some excellent individual performances today, we looked like a really solid unit and work rate from the lads was fantastic. We have to carry that through into the final two games to make sure we finish on a high.”
Leicester came into the game after back to back wins against Shrewsbury and Finchfield respectively and started the game brightly, forcing several early penalty corners. The hosts found themselves up against an inspired Matt Lloyd however, who made a series of excellent saves to keep his side in the game in the opening minutes. Eventually, Chesterfield got to grips with a pacey Leicester forward line and began to pose a threat on the break. As yet another Leicester attack ran into a solid defensive wall, Chesterfield broke at speed and Joe Booth found himself with time and space to fire a backhand shot into the net to make it 1-0. It was Booth’s first goal for the club since signing from Sheffield Hallam in January and certainly worth the wait.
Booth remarked on finally finding the net –
“I’m just pleased to get off the mark, it’s certainly been a long time coming. My fitness is getting there and I feel sharper all the time. There’s more to come yet”.
The second half followed much the same pattern as the first, with Leicester struggling to break down a hard working Chesterfield defence. When they did find a way through they were thwarted time and again by Lloyd - who was equal to anything the home side could throw at him. Chesterfield were once again happy to play on the break and goal number two arrived in similar circumstances to the first. It was Booth on hand again to score – this time his shot going low and hard into the net to ensure all three points headed north back up the M1.
Chesterfield travel to Wolverhampton next weekend to take on relegation threatened Finchfield HC, before wrapping up their league season with a home match at home to Streetly the following Saturday.
Man of the match – Matt Lloyd
Lloyd (GK); Morton, Moores, Lamb, Bacon; Hancock, Booth, Battye (c), Fearn; Green, Cowley
Sub – Helsby
Polish superstar Damian Jarzembowski waved goodbye to England in style on Saturday with five stunning strikes against bottom club Shrewsbury. The marksman leaves Chesterfield with an extraordinary 55 goals in just 18 league matches, including an incredible ten hat tricks and a track record of scoring in every game.
Jarzembowski had nothing but good things to say about his time at
“I want to say thank you to everyone that has helped me. Chesterfield is a small but friendly club – like a family. Thank you for a wonderful time and I will miss everyone”.
Three first half goals from the Polish hot shot put the game to bed, before he added a further two in the second. Shrewsbury grabbed a late consolation goal, but their relegation was all but confirmed with the defeat.
A somewhat ponderous opening period was ignited with a wonder goal from Jarzembowski. Latching onto Joe Booth’s lofted pass, the Polish international lobbed the goalkeeper from an improbable positon to leave both sets of players stunned.
Skipper Christian Battye - who was forced to sit the game out through injury - struggled to comprehend the goal -
“I’ve played hockey for over 20 years and could probably play another 20 and not see a finish like Damian’s first one today. No one else on the pitch could have scored that goal. It was unreal. Just brilliant”.
Goals two and three quickly followed as the visitors struggled to contain Chesterfield’s counter attacking play and speed on the break. The pace of Johnny Hancock and Joe Morton proved too much for the Shrewsbury midfield, whilst Dan Molloy set about bullying the defence single handedly.
The second half saw the home side tighten their grip on the game as they stifled any attacking threat the visitors posed. Stand in captain Jon Moores put in a composed display at the back, allowing the more creative elements in the side to flourish.
Battye was full of praise for the young defender –
“Jon has been excellent since he re-joined us from Leeds, he’s stepped in to captain the side in the last two games and done a great job”.
Jarzembowksi bagged his fourth goal after excellent work from the ever busy Molloy, who battled his way inside to lay on the ball. The top scorer in the Midlands region then snatched a fifth late on, this time deflecting past the stranded ‘keeper. A lapse in concentration allowed Shrewsbury to pull one back, but it provided little comfort in what has been a difficult season for the Shropshire side.
Chesterfield play their final three games without their Polish talisman and will be looking for a third consecutive win away at second bottom Leicester next weekend.
Player coach Ben Lamb is keen to end the season on a high –
“The win today takes us past last season’s points total but I’m keen we keep going and finish as strongly as possible. With Damian going it gives one or two players the chance to step up and impress. That said, it’s obviously going to be difficult to replace a 55 goal striker. We’ll be sad to see Damo leave, he’s been great for us”.
Lloyd; Moores (c), Dunn, Curley, Bacon; Morton, Booth, Jarzembowski, Hancock; Lamb, Molloy
Sub - Cowley
- Jarzembowski (3)
Chesterfield were edged out in a seven goal thriller away at Telford & Wrekin HC on Saturday despite a fine hat trick from Polish star Damian Jarzembowski. The away side have now taken just five points from their last six games to leave any lingering promotion hopes dead in the water. It was a case of déjà vu for Chesterfield as they capitulated yet again from a winning position. Indeed, the Derbyshire side have taken the lead in every one of the last six matches but picked up only one win in that time.
The visitors started brightly as Dan Molloy and the ever dangerous Jarzembowski proved too much for the Telford defence to handle. It was no surprise when the Polish international got in front of his man to open the scoring with an excellent finish high into the net. Familiar failings soon resurfaced however as Chesterfield surrendered the lead cheaply after several weak challenges at the top of the circle allowed Telford to level the scores.
Chesterfield were dealt a further blow in the first when captain Christian Battye was forced off with a back injury which will almost certainly rule him out of the next game.
Player coach Ben Lamb was left to ponder what might have been – “losing (Christian) Battye just before half time really killed our momentum and we lost that edge and energy in midfield. Hopefully it’s not too serious and we can get him back playing soon”.
The second half saw Telford assert themselves on an increasingly chaotic game. Both sides had players in the sin bin but it was Telford that coped best out of the two, with Chesterfield losing their way somewhat. Two goals in quick succession gave Telford a 3-1 lead before Jarzembowski’s powerful shot across the ‘keeper made it 3-2. The hosts quickly responded with a fourth that looked to have killed the game off. Jarzembowksi had other ideas though as he latched onto a through ball, rounded the keeper and fired a back hand shot into the net to make it 3-4. A tense final five minutes saw Chesterfield hurl everything at the game but to no avail as Telford hung on for all three points.
Ben Lamb reflected on the end of the promotion push –
“We shouldn’t be too down on ourselves, we had to put a squad together very quickly over the summer whereas guys like Telford have been together a good few years. The fact we challenged at all this season bodes well for the future. We’ve still got 4-5 games left so it’s important we re-focus and finish strongly”.
Lloyd; Morton, Moores, Curley, Bacon; Hancock, Booth, Battye (c), Fearn, Molloy, Jarzembowski. Subs – Lamb, Green.
Jarzembowksi – PC, Hancock - F
Chesterfield's promotion hopes were all but ended on Saturday after a frustrating afternoon at St Mary's which saw them surrender a two goal lead to draw 2-2 with high flying Stratford.
Skipper Chris Battye was left rueing the performance -
"For the first 25 - 30 minutes we were in control of the game but we switched off and let them back into it far too easily. We're relying on too many favours now in my book, we've had a good go and there's still plenty of games left but maybe it isn't to be this season".
The leagues top marksman Damian Jarzembowksi got the home side off to a perfect start with his 46th goal in 15 games. The young Polish striker exchanged a clever one - two with Ben Lamb before shooting over the 'keeper to make it 1-0. Midfielder Johnny Hancock continued with what has been an excellent debut season with a brilliant finish from an acute angle to give the hosts a 2-0 lead. With Chesterfield seemingly in control Stratford capitalised on a lapse in concentration to pull a goal back shortly before half time.
With the momentum lost, a nervousness crept into Chesterfield's play in the second half. Chances came and went with the hosts allowing frustration and impatience to get the better of them. Stratford kept themselves in the game with some resolute defending and their efforts were rewarded with an equaliser to set up a tense finish. Dan Molloy went close for the visitors late on but the Derbyshire side were unable to find a winner.
A 2-2 final score leaves Chesterfield 6 points off the promotion places, albeit with a game in hand.
Battye summed up an underwhelming day -
"It's not over but realistically we need to win the rest of our games and hope other teams slip up. But let's be honest, the fact we put ourselves in a position to have a go this year is an achievement itself. We'll just have to see what happens".
Chesterfield – Lloyd; Bacon, Lamb, Brocklehurst, Moores; Battye (c), Hancock, Morton, Fearn; Molloy, Jarzembowski. Subs – Booth, Green.
– Lamb, Jarzembowski
Chesterfield kept their promotion hopes alive on Saturday after sharing the spoils with third placed Boots in what was a tight encounter at St Mary’s. It’s a result that leaves the Derbyshire outfit 6 points off leaders Hampton – who were on the end of a surprise 2-3 home loss to Coventry - and 3 points off Stratford, who currently occupy the second promotion spot. Goals from Ben Lamb and top marksman Damian Jarzembowski either side of half time looked to have secured the win for Chesterfield, but a determined effort from Boots saw them come from two goals down to earn a point.
Captain Christian Battye delivered his assessment -
“I’m happy with a point, especially after last week. But it’s yet another lead that we’ve let slip and it could prove costly. For some reason our work rate in the second half didn’t match the first and in the end a draw was the right result. Realistically we’re relying on the top 3 sides taking points off each other but there’s a way to go yet. We can still do it”.
An excellent first half display had seemingly put the home side on course for a much needed win after stuttering somewhat since the winter break. Boosted by the return of Josh Brocklehurst and the industrious Johnny Hancock to the side, Chesterfield played with a purpose that was absent during the defeat at Coalville the previous week. A slick penalty corner routine resulted in the first goal with Ben Lamb’s deflected shot looping over ‘keeper Freddie Sail to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. Even if there was a touch of fortune about the goal, it was no less than Chesterfield deserved after containing an energetic Boots side for the majority of the opening period.
A tense second half saw the visitors from Nottingham grow into the game, with Chesterfield being forced to play on the break as they were increasingly stretched in midfield. A timely intervention from striking sensation Jarzembowski did see Chesterfield double their lead against the run of play however. The Polish international twisted and turned his man inside out before firing a back hand shot low into the net for his 45th goal of the season. A win for the home side was not to be though. Driven on by skipper Adam Innocent and winger David Ebbage the Notts outfit pulled a goal back. Innocent was on hand to halve the deficit with a well placed penalty corner, a goal that saw Chesterfield retreat to defending the edge of their own circle for the remainder of the game. Despite the best efforts of stopper Matt Lloyd – including a contender for save of the season – the hosts could not hold on for the win. The Boots equaliser came late on through forward Adam Henfrey, who turned in at the back post from close range.
Chesterfield must now look to win the remainder of their games, beginning with the trip to Solihull based Old Silhillians next week.
Lloyd; Moores, Curley, Brocklehurst, Dunn; Morton, Lamb, Battye (c), Fearn; Molloy, Jarzembowski; Booth, Hancock
Town HC (0) 2 – 1 (1) Chesterfield
Goal - Jarzembowski
Man of the match – Danny Dunn
Chesterfield were brought back down to earth with a bump on Saturday with a 2-1 defeat away at Coalville Town – a result that puts a serious dent in their promotion chances. Damian Jarzembowski’s first half strike was not enough as the home side shocked the visitors with two second half goals to take all three points.
With over 20 points separating the sides before the game, Chesterfield went into contest as firm favourites but soon found themselves under pressure from an organised Coalville midfield. Both skipper Christian Battye and Joe Booth found space at premium as the hosts (boosted by the return of playmaker Phil Sign) more than matched the intensity of Chesterfield. Jarzembowski found his chances limited as he was crowded out by the Coalville back line time and again. Even when the Polish hit man did hit the target, he found his efforts well saved by in form goalkeeper Paul Glover. Chesterfield did eventually begin to gain a foothold in the game and were able to force a series of penalty corners. A well executed routine saw Jarzembowski exchange passes with player coach Ben Lamb, who teed up the Polish international to slot home his 44th goal of the season. In truth, a 1-0 half time lead never looked like it would be enough it what was finely balanced encounter.
A scrappy second period saw the home side cause problems for an increasingly stretched Chesterfield defence, with man of the match Danny Dunn putting his body on the line on more than one occasion to keep his side 1-0 up. Coalville did eventually find a way past ‘keeper Matt Lloyd though with a low finish to draw the scores level. The away team could perhaps count themselves unfortunate not to have retaken the lead soon after when Joe Morton’s shot was blocked on the line after great combination play down the right with Jarzembowski. It was the hosts however that looked the more likely to find a winner as the game wore on. Despite a tireless performance, Chesterfield’s support striker Dan Molloy found his chances limited by a well drilled Coalville unit. As frustrations grew, the Derbyshire side saw the game run away from them as their attacks fizzled into nothing. With just minutes remaining Coalville grabbed a dramatic winner via a deflected shot that left Lloyd unable to do anything but watch the ball loop high into the net.
Battye summed up the afternoon –
“We simply weren’t good enough today, they more than matched us and deserved to win the game. Just because we have a good result one week doesn’t give us the right to just turn teams over the next. The Boots match on Saturday is now massive for us, pretty much a must win to get our season going again”.
Lloyd; Bacon, Curley, Moores, Dunn; Morton, Lamb, Battye, Fearn; Molloy, Jarzembowski; Booth, Dre
Chesterfield (4) 11 – 0 (0) Coventry & North Warwick HC
Jarzembowski (7), Morton, Fearn, Molloy, Green, Drew
A magnificent seven goals from Damian Jarzembowski helped Chesterfield record a resounding 11-0 win against Midlands 2 strugglers Coventry on Saturday. The young Polish striker marked his return from international duty with an all action display in front of a vocal home crowd. The win sees Chesterfield move back into second in the table and only four points off top spot.
Captain Christian Battye was clearly pleased to see Jarzembowski return – “It’s great to have Damian back. With him in the side we’re always going to score goals so that takes the pressure off and allows us to relax and be patient in games. He was unplayable today – a real handful”.
Jarzembowski opened the scoring with a low penalty corner strike before adding a second from open play despite the close attentions of the Coventry defence. A third followed soon after through Joe Morton, who celebrated his fifteenth birthday with a cool finish underneath the goalkeeper from close range. On the rare occasions the visitors did threaten they found Matt Lloyd in the Chesterfield goal on top form. The award of a penalty stroke looked to have provided the Warwickshire side with a lifeline, but Coventry skipper Dominic Bell saw his effort well saved by Lloyd. After the penalty miss the home side quickly reasserted themselves with a fourth goal – Jarzembowski sealed a first half hat trick with a fine backhand shot past goalkeeper Aiden Johnson.
The hosts measured play in the first half gave way to free flowing, attacking hockey in the second. Coventry struggled to get former Pakistan Olympian Waqas Akbar into the game as he found the centre back paring of Ben Curley and Josh Brocklehurst too hot to handle. Goals five, six and seven arrived in quick succession from the ever dangerous Jarzembowski as the game ran away from an increasingly frayed visiting side. Support striker Dan Molloy got in on the act with goal number eight, then Joe Green converted number nine after a weaving run from Christian Battye split the defence. Chesterfield reached double figures from the spot – Jarzembowski converted a penalty stroke for his seventh of the game and his forty third of the season. With the game seemingly done, there was still time for utility man Nick Drew to get in on the act after scrambling the ball home at the far post. An 11-0 scoreline the perfect response to defeat against Hampton the previous week.
Battye summed up a job well done –
“I was annoyed with losing the game last week so it was important we responded today. We had a difficult game at their place so I was expecting a tough match. Even though the score line suggests we ran away with it they still made us work hard. It keeps us well in the hunt for promotion but we can’t get ahead of ourselves, we’ve got some tricky fixtures coming up”.
Chesterfield - Lloyd; Morton, Curley, Brocklehurst, Dunn; Fearn, Lamb, Battye, Hancock; Molloy, Jarzembowski; Green, Drew
Hampton In Arden HC (3) 3 – 2 (1) Chesterfield
Chesterfield came out second best on Saturday in a lively first versus second clash in Midlands division 2. Goals from Johnny Hancock and Ben Lamb were not enough as league leaders Hampton edged an enthralling encounter to open up a three point lead at the top of the table. To add injury to insult, Chesterfield came away from the game with injuries to key players Adam Bointon (fractured wrist) and new signing Joe Booth (back spasm) with Bointon in particular facing at a lengthy lay off.
The visitors made the perfect start - taking the lead within the first five minutes. Johnny Hancock was on hand to shoot low past the keeper after Christian Battye had beaten his man and pulled the ball back to tee up the Sheffield Hallam student. Chesterfield’s rhythm was soon disrupted however as debutant Joe Booth was forced off with a back injury, with the midfielder now set to miss the next match. Skipper Battye sympathised with the new arrival – “Joe has been really unlucky. He joined us last week and looked sharp in the mid week friendly, he looks like a player to be fair. Unfortunately for him he twisted his back and is clearly in some pain. It’s looking like a week to ten days so I don’t think he’ll be right for the next game”. Hampton took full advantage of the injury to assert their dominance on the first half, with strikes from Jon Coleman and playmaker Jasjeet Ghata-Aura giving them a 3-1 lead. In truth, Chesterfield were grateful for the half time whistle as they struggled to gain a foothold in the match.
A sluggish first half gave way to an expansive and entertaining second as the away side began to make inroads into the game. Joe Green went close before Ben Lamb pulled a goal back from a penalty corner with a clever finish over the keeper. Hampton continued to press and posed a constant threat to the Chesterfield defence. Ex-Wales international forward Daffyd Bowles saw several of his efforts well saved by Matt Lloyd to keep the scores at 3-2. But no sooner had Chesterfield established themselves in the game then Adam Bointon sustained a broken wrist – forcing him off the pitch to leave his side with ten men. A frenetic final period saw the Derbyshire side come agonisingly close to a late equaliser. Teenager Joe Morton broke down the right and centred the ball to a diving Dan Molloy, but the forward saw his deflection go just inches wide. A final score of 3-2 ensured the home side remain top of the league, whilst Chesterfield slip out of the promotion places into third.
Battye summed up the afternoon – “To be honest we weren’t at it in the first half, they battered us and I was glad when half time came. We were much better in the second half and were very unlucky not to get something from the game. The downside apart from losing is the injuries we picked up. Joe (Booth) will be back soon but Adam (Bointon) will be out for some time. He’ll do well to play again this year, which would be a huge loss”.
Coventry are the visitors to St Mary’s next Saturday as Chesterfield will seek to get their promotion bod back on track.
Chesterfield – Lloyd; Curley, Brocklehurst, Lamb, Dunn; Morton, Battye, Booth, Hancock, Green, Bointon; Molloy
Chesterfield (2) 3 – 2 (1) Derwent
Chesterfield recorded a scrappy victory over fellow Derbyshire club Derwent HC in a mid season friendly on Saturday. Goals from skipper Christian Battye, Joe Green and Michael Fearn were enough to hand the home side the win in what was at times a lacklustre display. Although they were without several key players Chesterfield looked off the pace for periods of the game as they laboured to a victory.
It was a performance that failed to ignite the imagination of Battye -
“There were some positive things in that game but also some ring rustiness too. When we kept it simple we looked good, when we tried to be too expansive it wasn’t so clever. We have a game midweek (against Nottingham Players HC) so that will give one or two more the chance to try and impress”
The hosts opened the scoring after Adam Bointon and Battye exchanged passes before the captain slotted the ball home low to the ‘keepers left. Dan Molloy then laid on a pass for Joe Green to make it 2-0 before Derwent pulled a goal back after lax marking left Matt Lloyd helpless to stop a powerful shot. A half time score of 2-1 perhaps flattered a stuttering Chesterfield side.
An end to end second half provided more entertainment than the first, with both sides missing good opportunities to score. A third goal for Chesterfield arrived after Mike Fearn reacted quickly to turn the ball home from a penalty corner, finishing high into the net. The game looked to be petering out until Derwent found a second - which up tense final few minutes - but the home side did just enough to hold on for the win.
Battye summed up the day -
“In the end you’d say it was a decent workout for both sides but we now have to look ahead to the friendly on Wednesday night, then we have a massive game on Saturday against (top of the league) Hampton In Arden when the league starts again”.
Streetly HC (2) 5 – 5 (4) Chesterfield
Jarzembowski (3), Fearn, Green
An end to end match at Streetly saw Chesterfield slip to second in the table despite a seventh hat-trick of the season from Polish international Damian Jarzembowski. Further goals from Joe Green and Mike Fearn were not enough for all three points as an enthralling match ended in a 5-5 draw. The result leaves the Derbyshire side trailing leaders Hampton-in-Arden by a point, with the two sides meeting on the 14th January when the league season returns after the Christmas break.
It was a performance that left player-coach Ben Lamb cold:
“I’m bitterly disappointed with the way we played. We let ourselves down and blew the chance we had to top the league at Christmas. Yes, we had some big calls go against us today but we need to regroup, get back to basics and go again. We can’t dwell on it. We’ll need to train hard over the break and be fit and ready in January”.
As entertaining as the game was for the neutral observer, it was certainly no advert for the art of defending. The 4-2 half time score told its own story – with Chesterfield guilty of conceding two preventable goals. Jarzembowski struck first through a penalty corner, then from open play with a neat lob. Mike Fearn atoned for an earlier miss by scoring with a low shot across the ‘keeper before Joe Green bagged his first of the season with a composed finish at the far post. The goal was a just reward for the Sheffield Hallam student Green, who has shown excellent form after forcing his way back into the side. Further chances came and went for the visitors - Joe Morton almost marked his return from injury with a goal, but the teenager was inches away from connecting with Jarzembowski’s cross. Despite the score line the home side continued to apply pressure to an increasingly stretched Chesterfield defence.
The second half, in truth, belonged to Streetly. Two quick fire goals drew the scores level to leave Chesterfield rocking at the back, with man of the match Josh Brocklehurst desperately trying to hold the back four together. Chesterfield had to contend with both Damian Jarzembowski and Andy Hodgson in the sin bin at the same time, leaving them with nine men for a period. Although looking more like a side near the bottom of the table; Chesterfield dug in and looked to have secured a barely deserved win when Jarzembowski completed his hat-trick with a penalty corner strike. It was not to be however as Streetly refused to be beaten and snatched an equaliser at the death to leave the final score at 5-5.
The match marked midfielder Andy Hodsgon's last game for the club before departing for Tasmania in January. Skipper Chris Battye paid tribute to the playmaker – “It’s going to be really hard to replace Andy, he’s been brilliant for us this season and showed real leadership on and off the pitch. We’ll need to work hard to try and bring in some players before the January deadline but we’ll leave no stone unturned”.
Chesterfield (0) 4 – 1 (0) Finchfield
Hancock (F), Jarzembowski (F, F), Bointon (PC)
Chesterfield continued their promotion push with another hard fought victory, 4-1, against a well organised Finchfield. The North Derbyshire side now travel to Streetly next week knowing that if they secure all 3 points in their final league match before the Christmas Break they will sit top of the tree over the winter recess.
Chesterfield got on the front foot from the outset and quickly started to dictate the pace of the game. Keen to improve on their poor showing the previous week the home side moved the ball from back to front quickly and with real purpose. Chances soon came their way and the penalty corner count started to build. Had it not been for an inspired performance by the Finchfield Goalkeeper, the home side could have been out of sight within the first 20 minutes as they continually frustrated Damian Jarzembowski from the top of the circle. Whilst chances went begging at one end, at the other end Finchfield posed a threat on the counter and could perhaps count themselves unlucky when in some good positions to convert.
Locked at 0-0 at halftime, the game was there for the taking. The second half once again started with Chesterfield in the ascendency with Joe Green, Adam Bointon & Jarzembowski all going close. With Finchfield very much on the back foot the game swung the way of the visitors when a misplaced pass in the midfield saw them break down the right. A precise centre saw Matt Lloyd eliminated in the Chesterfield goal with the covering Mike Fearn unable to prevent the Finchfield striker from tapping the ball home from almost on the goal line. Suddenly the game opened up and instead of dwelling on their error, Chesterfield kicked into gear as Johnny Hancock ran into the circle and equalised on his reverse stick only a minute later. Chesterfield turned the game around 4 minutes later when this time the ball fell to Jarzembowski who also converted on his back stick. 2-1 became 3-1 as Chesterfield sealed the points with another open play goal from their talisman Jarzembowski, who dribbled pass two defenders before slipping the ball past the advancing keeper. With Finchfield deflated, Chesterfield took total control of the game. Adam Bointon provided the icing on the cake as he finished well in the final minute from a slick penalty corner routine that finally foiled the Finchfield rearguard.
Speaking after the game 1st XI Captain, Christian Battye, reflected on a positive day for his side: “That was much, much better than last week. Finchfield beat us at home last season so it was important for me that we put that right today. We shifted the ball quickly and were patient when we needed to be, it was a really mature performance. I’m really pleased with how the game went, but it’s on to the next one now”.
Chesterfield (1) 6 – 2 (1) Leicester HC
Jarzembowksi (5), Bointon
A Jekyll and Hyde performance against bottom club Leicester saw Chesterfield maintain top spot in Midlands Division 2 - thanks in no small part to five goals from leading marksman Damian Jarzembowski; the Polish international now has 31 goals in 9 league matches in what has been an incredible season so far. An abject first half gave way to a free scoring second, with skipper Chris Battye clearly unhappy with the opening period – “I have to say we were worse than awful for the first 35 minutes. It was like we’d never played together before. We were complacent, sloppy and didn’t match their work rate. Leicester are a decent side despite their league position and we just let them play. It was a totally different story second half thankfully. We pulled ourselves together and began to play to type of hockey that’s got us to top of the league”.
A lacklustre opening few minutes set the tone for the first half, with the home side committing a series of unforced errors. Leicester played like a side near the top, not rooted to the bottom of the table whilst Chesterfield delivered a laboured, ponderous performance. A far from stellar opening half did produce one moment of quality however – Jarzembowski was on hand to give his side the lead with a well placed penalty corner strike. Leicester drew the scores level soon after however to leave Chesterfield rocking. In truth, the league leaders were grateful for the half time whistle and a chance to regroup with the scores locked at 1-1.
Transformed after the break, the hosts began to look like league leaders and ran in five further goals. Jarzembowksi struck twice before Adam Bointon struck at the back post from a Johnny Hancock cross. Dan Molloy produced another busy display on the forward line and was on hand to set up Jarzembowski for goal number five before Leicester pulled a goal back. Scoring sensation Jarzembowksi saved his best for last however, his fifth of the afternoon was an unstoppable rocket into the roof of the net to make it 6-2.
Chesterfield retain top spot with a slender 1 point lead, with struggling Finchfield the visitors to St Mary’s next weekend. Player-coach Ben Lamb reflected on a mixed afternoon –
“Whilst the result was satisfying in the end, our basic skill level was extremely poor today and on another day we’d have been punished. Credit to Leicester, they played well but we stood off and let them dictate the pace. We’ve now got two more games until the break. If we are to remain top we have to play much better”.
Jarzembowski – PC, PC; Hodgson - PC
Chesterfield took top spot in Midlands Division 2 on Saturday with a disciplined performance away at mid table Shrewsbury. Damian Jarzembowski continued his red hot streak with two goals and the in – form Andy Hodgson bagged his second in as many games to help secure all three points. A productive day for the Derbyshire side was capped with Under 16s captain Tom Bacon putting in an assured display on his league debut and Joe Green returning to the side after several weeks in the reserves. 1st XI skipper Christian Battye was clearly happy with what was a good afternoon for his side - “I was delighted with the guys to be fair. We were missing one or two so what today showed was our strength in depth. Young Tom was excellent, Damian was immense and Andy Hodgson was easily the best player on the pitch. I don’t think Andy gets enough credit sometimes but he was brilliant again this afternoon. The whole squad played their part; it’s not an easy away trip but we all pulled together to get a result”.
A slow start from Chesterfield saw Shrewsbury take the lead but the visitors soon drew level with a typically clinical finish from the top scorer in the Midlands region, Damian Jarzembowksi. The Polish international equalised after wriggling his way past two men before applying the finish. Hodgson then put Chesterfield into the lead when he reacted first to a well saved shot, the young midfielder swept the ball home to make it 2-1. The home side pressed but with little end product and they ran into a wall of Chesterfield shirts each time they moved forward with the ball. Player-coach Ben Lamb and centre half Ben Curley marshalled the defence well and Danny Dunn displayed great composure on the left hand side. A half time score of 2-1 did not flatter the visitors, although Shrewsbury remained a threat on the break.
A vocal home support pushed Shrewsbury on in the second half, with skipper Nick Price going close before the visitors once again took control. Dan Molloy proved a handful on the Chesterfield forward line and Jarzembowski put in another mature display which came in for praise from Chris Battye - “Damian has found that opposition teams put two, three men on him now but what he did today was hold the ball up and bring others into play. He’s starting to develop other parts to his game and isn’t just about goals”. Joe Green went close with a half volley before Jarzembowski made it 26 goals in 8 games with a powerful drag flick past the goalkeeper. A draw for high flying Hampton In Arden saw Chesterfield go top with three games to go before the winter break.
Player – coach Ben Lamb is pleased with the progress shown so far – “we’re in a great position but need to keep our feet on the ground. It’s a brilliant group of lads and everyone is willing to work for each other. It’s a big couple of weeks coming up now, starting with Leicester next week”.
Fearn - F, Lamb - F, Hodgson - PC, Jarzembowksi - PC
Chesterfield bounced back from defeat last week at Stratford with a scintillating win against high flying Telford on Saturday. Five straight wins had catapulted the visitors to the top of Midlands 2, but the home side produced a high energy display to take all three points in front of a bumper crowd at St Mary’s. The North Derbyshire side now sit second in the table and are positioning themselves for a promotion push.
The only downside to the game was a nasty looking injury to Joe Morton, who will now miss the trip to Shrewsbury next week at least. 1st XI captain Chris Battye spoke of his disappointment after the match - “Joe’s been terrific for us and will be a big loss, he’s caught a stick to the ear and ended up with a bad one to be fair. The most important thing though is we don’t rush him back too soon, he’s had several stitches so we have to be careful”.
After slow starts in their previous matches the home side began on the front foot – forcing the visitors into repeatedly turning the ball over. Polish international Damian Jarzembowksi was closely marked but displayed maturity beyond his years to lead the front line effectively. He was ably supported by Adam Bointon and Mike Fearn, who caused the Telford defence problems all afternoon. After a period of sustained pressure the home side finally broke the deadlock through player-coach Ben Lamb. Clever play involving Morton and Battye at the top of the circle set up Lamb to give Chesterfield the lead. It was Lamb’s first goal of the season but well worth the wait, his shot proving too hot to handle for Chris Kelly in the Telford goal. The visitors fought back well however and began to show the form of a top of the table side. Goalkeeper Matt Lloyd put in another assured display but was unable to stop Dave Tracey netting his tenth goal of the campaign to draw the scores level. It did not stay even for long though - quick thinking from Danny Dunn enabled Fearn to find space in the area, who twisted and turned before shooting low into the net to give the home side a 2-1 half time lead.
The second half saw Chesterfield assert control of the game thanks to a dominant display from the back four, with Ben Curley in particular showing great composure. The hosts pressed further up the pitch and their efforts were rewarded with a third goal. Andy Hodgson capped a fine display with as he deflected the ball into the net from close range. There was still time for Jarzembowski to continue his red hot scoring streak as he grabbed his twenty fourth goal in seven games with a well taken goal from the top of the circle. The nineteen year old beat two players before applying a cool finish to secure all three points for his team.
Battye delivered his assessment on a good afternoon for Chesterfield –
“Today was a great performance on the back of a nightmare last week and everyone played their part. The guys responded brilliantly and there is now a real belief that we can push for promotion. It was obviously difficult to lose Joe (Morton) but he’s a tough lad and will bounce back. Shrewsbury next week won’t be easy so we need to keep our focus and keep going as we are”.
Stratford (1) 4 – 1 (0) Chesterfield
Jarzembowski 67’ (PC)
Chesterfield suffered their first defeat of the season with a lacklustre display away against a well organised Stratford side. The defeat saw the North Derbyshire replaced at the top of the table by next week’s opponents Telford. Four points now separate the top five teams in the division which is shaping up to be a highly competitive push for promotion.
Chesterfield welcomed back the returning Matt Lloyd in their goal and it was his inspired performance which kept the visitors in the game in a frustrating first half. Chesterfield were under pressure from the first whistle as the hosts set the early tempo carving out a number of good opportunities. Struggling to get a foot hold in the game the league leaders were guilty of giving easy possession away. With Ben Lamb off the field on a green card, Stratford looked to have converted a well worked move before Matt Lloyd reacted brilliant to leap across goal to claw the ball away from goal with his stick to keep the scores level. In truth Chesterfield rode their luck and were fortunate to still be level. Midway through the half Stratford did get their reward as possession was lost in the midfield and a telling pass found an unmarked Stratford forward on the back post to deflect home.
Grateful for the half time whistle, the visitors looked to regroup and address some of their shortcomings from the first half; however the second half continued in much the same vain as the first. Stratford enjoyed plenty of possession and territory and again applied pressure on Chesterfield’s rearguard. The pressure told after Chesterfield failed to clear their lines from a penalty corner. A quick first time shot flew past the unsighted Lloyd to double the hosts lead. 2-0 quickly became 3-0 as Chesterfield were again guilty of not clearing their lines and after a scrappy exchanged the ball found its way into the net with Lloyd again unsighted. Chesterfield did then exert some pressure of their own and they were unlucky not to get on the score sheet themselves. The league’s top scorer Damian Jarzembowski cut a forlorn figure on the forward line as he struggled to make an impact as Stratford showed why they have the best defence in the league so far. With Chesterfield pushing to get back in the game, gaps ultimately appeared in defence. Stratford secured all 3 points when the ball was worked all too easily into the Chesterfield circle before being passed to an unmarked player on the back post to tap home. At 4-0, the visitors grabbed a consolation goal as Jarzembowski converted from a penalty corner to make the final score 4-1.
Speaking after the game Player/Coach, Ben Lamb, reflected on a disappointing day for his side: “Today was one of our worst performances since I’ve been back coaching the side. We were lacklustre from the start and didn’t do enough to get anything from the game. We struggled on the pitch and our basic individual skills were poor. Take nothing away from Stratford, they were superb today but we got nowhere near the level we have been playing at in recent weeks. The only positive was having Matt Lloyd back in our goal. He’s the only one that came out of the game with any credit. The save he made in the first half at 0-0 was one of the best I’ve ever seen! Anyway, it’s time to put a line under today and move on. Let’s see how we react when we play Telford next week”.
Chesterfield (5) 13 - 0 (0) Old Silhillians
7, 13, 29, 34, 46, 58, 62, 64, 67, 68, - F F F PS F PC F F F F
20, 54, 69 - F F PC
(2) 3 – 5 (3) Chesterfield
Jarzembowski - PC, F, PS
Bointon - PC
Battye - F
Another scintillating hat-trick from Polish International Striker Damian Jarzembowski, plus further strikes from Adam Bointon & Christian Battye saw Chesterfield continue their impressive form as they recorded a hard fought 3-5 win against the free-scoring and league leaders, Boots HC. The win saw the North Derbyshire side leapfrog their Nottingham rivals to go top of the table after 4 games.
started the game on the back foot as the hosts set the early tempo
carving out a number of opportunities to take an early lead.
Struggling to get a hold of the game, the visitors had to cope with
wave after wave of pressure from the home side. It was only a result
of poor finishing and heroics from Matt Lloyd in the Chesterfield
goal that kept the scores level; however Boots did eventually get
their reward as the league’s top scorer, Adam Innocent, was on hand
to dispatch a well taken penalty corner.
Boots continued to press home their superiority and it looked like it would be a long afternoon for the North Derbyshire side until they worked the ball up the field to win their first penalty corner of the game, against the run of play. A slick routine ended with a Jarzembowski strike being deflected by a Boots defender over the goalkeeper and into the net to give the visitors a lucky equaliser. It was from this stroke of luck that saw the visitors start to make an impression on the game as the Boots rearguard found it difficult to cope with the counter-attacking style of play Chesterfield have become so accustom to. Indeed, it was from one of these counter-attacks that saw the ever dangerous Jarzembowski pick up the ball in the Boots circle before shifting to his reverse to slam an unstoppable shot into the corner of the goal. Having turned the game around, Chesterfield then looked to press home their advantage and went further ahead after good work from Battye saw him square the ball to Chris Cowley who had his shot blocked on the line by a defender’s foot. Jarzembowski stepped up to convert the penalty stroke to give the visitors a 3-1 lead and bring his personal goal tally to 12 for the season; registering hat-tricks in all 4 league games so far. With just 5 minutes left of the first half, Chesterfield were guilty of sitting too deep as Boots again worked the ball down the right before finding a pass into Innocent, unmarked in front of Lloyd, who slotted the ball home to give the hosts hope at the break with the scores at 2-3.
The second half continued in much the same fashion as the first half with Boots having plenty of both territory and possession. Time and again the visitors had to put their bodies on the line as great blocks from both Daniel Dunn and Ben Curley in the Chesterfield backline denied the home side. When they did manage to break through they faced an inspired Lloyd in the Chesterfield goal. As frustration started to grow it was the visitors who struck the fatal blow as Chesterfield earned a penalty corner. A good strike from Jarzembowski was initially well saved by the Boots keeper; however Adam Bointon was on hand to collect the rebound and lift the ball into the net to restore their 2 goal advantage. Rather foolishly, when the visitors should have perhaps shut up shop, they continued to press for further goals. This time it was the turn of Boots to exploit the counter-attack as the ball was fired up field and then across goal to the unmarked Innocent, who slotted in at the far post to show why he is the leading marksman in the division. At 3-4, a tense finale was in store until Chesterfield’s Christian Battye had the final word on a pulsating game. With Boots committing more and more men forward, Ben Lamb stepped out of the back to win the ball in the midfield before sending a cross field pass to the unmarked Battye. With just the keeper to beat, Battye initially saw his shot saved before collecting the rebound to make no mistake of his second opportunity to trigger jubilant scenes from the visitors as they ended the game with a 3-5 scoreline.
Speaking after the game Player/Coach, Ben Lamb, reflected on a positive day for his side: “I think this was probably one of our best away performances for some time. We have established a way of playing away from home and the boys executed the game plan perfectly. We had to ride out plenty of pressure but we stood firm. It is difficult to pick out any one individual, but Matt Lloyd was outstanding. This was one of the best displays I have seen from him. If we can keep them out at one end then we certainly have a goal threat at the other. We are in a good place and are building momentum. We can’t get ahead of ourselves; we just need to keep on doing the right things”.
Hockey Men’s Trophy
(3) 3 – 4 (4) Hampton In Arden
Fearn – F
Jarzembowski – PC
Morton – F
It was a case of history repeating itself on Sunday as Chesterfield were knocked out of the England Hockey Trophy by Hampton In Arden for the second successive season.
Despite goals from Michael Fearn, Damian Jarzembowksi and Joe Morton the hosts succumbed to a more experienced Hampton side. Chesterfield rested several senior players and handed full debuts to Luke Fishleigh and Tom Bacon, who both acquitted themselves well.
Player coach Ben
Lamb was left with mixed feelings –
“A disappointing end to a good weekend overall. We had a more youthful looking side out today and it was great to give pitch time to Tom (Bacon) and Luke (Fishleigh). Joe Morton continues to shine too and bagged two goals over the weekend.
We started well and scored at the right times but defensively we were not at the races today. Poor marking saw us concede sloppy goals which meant we lost a game we really should have won. Generally i’m pleased with the season so far and we now look ahead to next week”.
Chesterfield (4) 6 – 1 (1) Coalville Town HC
- F, F, PC
Morton - F
Molloy - F
Lamb - F
A third hat-trick in a row by Damian Jarzembowski sealed victory for Chesterfield to maintain their unbeaten start to the season against visitors Coalville Town. The home side got off to the perfect start when Jarzembowski picked the ball up on the half-way line and carried the ball down the right wing, past three defenders before lifting the ball past the goalkeeper and into the top left corner off the post. Coalville had an opportunity to level the scores from a penalty corner but a brave block from Danny Dunn denied the visitors. Jarzembowski had already come close twice from a penalty corner, just missing the left post and hitting the right upright, before eventually firing a penalty flick through the goalkeeper’s legs to make it 2 – 0. Chesterfield made it three when Dan Molloy’s reverse stick cross from the left edge of the circle was cleverly turned towards goal by Chris Cowley and turned into the empty net by Joe Morton, scoring his debut goal for the 1st team. Coalville gave themselves a lifeline just before half-time when a powerful ball into the circle could only be half stopped by Johnny Hancock, who deflected the ball to the unmarked striker at the far post to tap home. Unfortunately for the visitors, Jarzembowski completed his hat-trick moments later when he reacted first from a rebound allowing him the space in the circle to find the bottom left corner with a powerful strike.
The visitors could count themselves unfortunate to be 4-1 down at half-time given their spirited performance, but only some brilliant last ditch defending and poor finishing in the second half prevented Chesterfield from extending their lead by more than two goals. It took until mid-way through the second half before Chesterfield extended their lead when a powerful turn and shot by Dan Molloy at the top of the circle rifled the ball through the ‘keeper’s legs for a second time. Pat Grant, Johnny Hancock and Chris Cowley all saw shots brilliantly saved on the line by the Coaville defenders and Jarzembowski had three reverse stick shots sail over the bar, as well as seeing a drag-flick bounce off the crossbar. The home side made it six, just before full time when a flowing passing move down the left came across the circle to Ben Lamb who fired a powerful shot into the bottom left.
Battye reflected on a good day for the home side:
“To be truthful, we weren’t always at our best today but our energy and work rate was just too much for them – especially in the first half. We should have had more but they were willing to but their bodies on the line and defended very well against us. Next week is a huge test for us away at Boots, who’ve won all three of their games so we’ll have to be ready”.
Coventry & North Warwick HC (1) 2 - 4 (1) Chesterfield HC
A well organised Coventry side were overcome thanks to a gritty performance from visitors Chesterfield, who were helped by a second hat trick in as many games from Damian Jarzembowski. A scrappy first half saw both sets of players spend time in the sin bin, with the match officials being left little option after some suspect tackling from each side. After relegation from Midlands 1 Coventry recruited shrewdly over the summer - bringing in ex Pakistan Olympian Waqas Akbar who looked to pull the strings from deep. The hosts were the brighter side in the early exchanges as Chesterfield struggled to get to grips with the vision and guile of Akbar. It perhaps no surprise when Coventry took the lead after goalkeeper Matt Lloyd was left exposed at the far post and was beaten from close range to make it 1-0. Going a goal down roused the visiting side and they began to establish a grip on proceedings. Chesterfield pressed higher up the pitch and grabbed an equaliser through Jarzembowski, who looped a shot over the helpless keeper to draw the scores level at half time. A frayed second half was largely controlled by Chesterfield as Jarzembowski set about the Coventry defence, driving his side forward time and again. His efforts were duly rewarded with goals two and three to give Chesterfield a commanding 3-1 lead (the young Polish striker is clearly enjoying life in English hockey as he now has six goals in two games). The Derbyshire outfit looked to be in total control as both Johnny Hancock and skilful teenager Joe Morton caused problems throughout the game, with Morton in particular showing why he has forced his way into the senior squad at just fourteen years old. Coventry rallied however and gave themselves a fighting chance as they pulled a goal back to make it 2-3. A frantic final ten minutes saw Chesterfield ride out the storm to secure all three points as Adam Bointon laid on a weighted pass to set up captain Christian Battye to score goal number four. There was still time for Battye to see red, as he was given his marching orders after picking up a second yellow card in the final five minutes. Player coach Ben Lamb was pleased with a good day at the office – “I’m very satisfied with today's result. We executed our game plan perfectly and caused them all sorts of problems. They struggled to cope with our direct approach but we also played with a fair amount of quality too. Damian again will take plaudits for his goals but young Joe (Morton) was superb. For a young player his development has been nothing short of remarkable. We've got some momentum now and I'm confident we can carry that forward into the game next week against Coalville, who are a decent side”.
Chesterfield HC (2) 4-4 (2) Hampton In Arden
Chesterfield opened their 2016/17 league campaign with an eight goal thriller at St Mary's, but were left disappointed after twice losing a two goal lead against a well organised Hampton side. A hat trick from Damian Jarzembowski and a well taken goal from Johnny Hancock were not enough for all three points as Chesterfield saw victory snatched away from them by a late Hampton fight back.
Jarzembowski set up the first goal for Hancock whose assured finish gave Chesterfield a 1-0 lead. A second soon followed, with Chris Cowley turning provider for Jarzembowksi as the Polish international opened his account for the season. Chesterfield were pegged back as the visitors struck back soon after. At 2-1, Jarzembowksi was unfortunate to see his shot flash wide of the post after being teed up neatly by Joe Morton. With the home side sitting back, Hampton skipper Dafydd Bowles drew the scores level with a precise penalty corner finish.
Early into the second period Chesterfield retook the lead when skipper Christian Battye fed Jarzembowksi who finished well from close range. A fourth goal looked to have put the game beyond doubt when Jarzembowksi completed his hat trick to the delight of the home crowd. Chesterfield were guilty of sitting back however and allowed a determined Hampton side back into the match. The visitors struck numbers three and four in quick succession to draw the scores level at 4-4. Home keeper Matt Lloyd kept the visitors at bay as a tiring Chesterfield were left hanging on in the last five minutes.
Skipper Chris Battye -
"Letting the lead slip twice is obviously frustrating but we shouldn't be too hard on ourselves. Hampton are a very good side and a draw is probably the right result. There are plenty of positives we can take from today but it's important we learn how to close a game out when we are on top".
Chesterfield travel to Coventry next week in what will be a stern test.
Chesterfield 3 – 3 Sikh Union Nottingham.
Jarzembowksi (PC, F); Molloy (F)
Two strikes from new signing Damian Jarzembowsk and a fine goal from Dan Molloy helped the hosts round off pre-season with a well deserved draw against Midlands 1 side Sikh Union on Saturday. Chesterfield also welcomed new arrival Jonny Hancock and gave a 1st team debut to junior player Tom Bacon, who put in an assured display at the back.
The home side have enjoyed a fruitful summer, only tasting defeat once in six matches – and that was at the hands of Northern Premier League outfit Sheffield Bankers. Out went Greek internationals Billy Fouflias and Tasos Varsamidis (who reached the end of their two year deal) and in their place Chesterfield recruited Poland international striker Damain Jarzembowski, who at 19 years old has already displayed maturity beyond his years with 7 goals in 5 games. Attacking midfielder Hancock has signed on the dotted line and Joe Morton has been promoted from the under 14s. The club have also strengthened the management team with the arrival of sports physiotherapist Tom Hicks.
Skipper Christian Battye is impressed with what he’s seen of the new additions:
“Damian has settled in very well and is fast becoming one of the lads. He’s got a real energy about him and will do well for us if he carries on like he has been doing. Jonny has come to us late but showed he has quality and Joe will certainly be one to watch if he keeps working and improving. There are others at the club who are knocking on the door too and it’s only a matter of time before some of us older guys are looking over our shoulders”.
The game itself proved to be a good workout for both sides, Sikh Union took the lead which held for most of the match before Chesterfield’s high energy game told with three quick fire goals. Dan Molloy opened his account for the season with a well taken goal and Jarzembowksi showed his class with two excellent finishes. The home side brought on another promising junior, Luke Fishleigh, who proved a too much for an ageing Sikh Union back line to handle at times. At one stage it looked as if Chesterfield would overrun a tiring visiting midfield with Hancock and Joe Green combining to great effect. Experience told in the end however as the visitors clawed their way back into it to draw the scores level at 3-3.
Battye has high hopes for the season ahead:
“What you’ve seen there today is that we have great potential, but we need to be a little cuter at times. It’s amazing to think we had three 14 year olds on the pitch at one point. All three of them were excellent. The new guys were superb and it’s great to see we have a settled squad going into the season. I’m not setting specific targets. All I’ll say is we do have a good blend of youth and experience so where we go from here is up to us”.
Chesterfield host Birmingham based Hampton-In-Arden HC next Saturday in the season opener, 1.30 start at St Mary’s school.
The team lost their final game of the season against West Bridgeford by 3 goals to 1 on Sunday 22nd January. After going 1 up in the middle of the first half, the old boys couldn't contain a West Bridgeford side who passed the ball better.
England Hockey Over 40s Trophy
CHC (3) 8 - 1 (1) Worcester
14' Hinde - F, 23' 45' McCormick - PC PC, 33' 56' Bond - F F, 42' 51' Tugby - F F, 70' Speed F
Returning CHC legend Chris Bond rolled back the years with two goals as the Vets progressed to the next round of the Trophy. Neil Hinde equalised for the hosts after Worcester had taken an early lead, goals from McCormick and Bond gave the home side a 3-1 half time lead.
The floodgates opened in the second half with two goals from Perry Tugby plus further contributions from Bond and McCormick. A dominant team performance was capped with a fine finish from Paul Speed who nutmegged the advancing 'keeper to leave the scores at 8-1.
Over 40s Trophy
Chesterfield (1) 4 - 2 (1) Stockton 27' Anderson - F
42' Adams - PC
58' McCormick - F
67' P Speed - F
Chesterfield over 40s roll back the years with a hard fought win
Well done lads!