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Midlands League Tier 1 Division 1

Saturday 24th October

Tier 3 Covid restrictions imposed on South Yorkshire put an abrupt halt to Chesterfields men’s first team this week.
With eight of the squad unable to travel out of South Yorkshire to play hockey, the game away at Birmingham side Streetly was reluctantly cancelled.
Captain Jon Moores outlined a testing few days for his side -
“With over half the boys living in South Yorkshire we are unable to field a side without causing players lower down the club to miss out on hockey. Training was difficult as it’s the last time we’ll see each other for a fair few weeks. At the moment the rest of the division are carrying on, so we’re in the dark a little bit. The league have told us they’ll review the situation in late November, which doesn’t really tell us a great deal”
Men’s coach Christian Battye was left scratching his head -
“The rules don’t make sense to me but we have to respect them. I’m gutted for all the lads as they were just hitting form and gelling nicely. We now have a situation where half of the team can train together but the other half are stuck across the border. One of them works in Chesterfield but at weekends isn’t allowed back into the area to play sport. It’s a farce to be honest. I think trying to complete the league season across the Midlands region is also ambitious. The league needs to look at this soon, rather than wait to review things at the end of November.”
Chesterfield were due to host Worcester this coming Saturday, but that fixture will be cancelled.

Saturday 17th October

Chesterfield HC (3) 4 - 2 (1) Warwick HC
Geimer, Hartley (2), Green
Chesterfield men secured their first win of the season with a 4-2 at home to Warwick on Saturday.
The visitors took an early lead but the hosts kept their cool and gradually took control of the game with a high tempo, physical performance.
Goals from Jack Hartley (2), Cameron Geimer and Man of the Match Joe Green sealed a vital 3 points for the home team.
Captain Jon Moores -
“Results haven’t gone our way so far this season but we’ve actually played pretty well. It was nice for it to all come together today and we should definitely have scored more goals. The game should have been done and dusted before half time but the key thing is we didn’t panic, even when they got back into it at 3-2. We held our nerve and kept playing”.
Next week Chesterfield travel to Streetly, another newly promoted club.
Moores said -
“Don’t be fooled by the fact they’ve lost all three games, Streetly are a good side that we know well. It’s going to be a tough game down there”.
Line up -
Clayton (GK); Helsby, Moores (c), Curley, Brocklehurst; Speed, Geimer, Hancock; Green, Hartley, Molloy. Rotations - Nash, Beardsley, Giltrow, Parker, Drohan (GK).

Saturday 10th October

Stourport (3) 5 - 0 (0) Chesterfield
Chesterfield came away from the long trip to league favourites Stourport empty handed, in spite of a resilient performance.
Goalkeeper Joel Clayton and defender Joe Giltrow made their league debuts, although the visitors were without Oli Evans (back) and Matt Parker (calf).
It’s been a tough start to life in Division for Chesterfield with two defeats from their opening two games.
Skipper Jon Moores remained positive after the match however -
“5-0 looks worse than it actually is. We created plenty of chances but just couldn’t put the ball in the net. We played well and competed all the way against a very good side, I’m sure come the end of the season they’ll be in the top 2.”
Looking ahead to the next match at home to Warwick Moores said -
“It’s been a a while since we’ve played Warwick, they had a very good side a few years ago. We’re expecting another tough test but we’re still confident of doing well in this league”.
Line up -
Clayton (GK); Giltrow, Moores, Curley; Hancock, Geimer, Speed; Green, Molloy, Hartley. Rotations - Johnson, Beardsley, Helsby.

Saturday 3rd October

CHC 1st XI (1) 1 - 2 (0) North Staffs HC 1st XI
Hartley (PC)
After two consecutive promotions, Chesterfield mens 1st XI began their league campaign in Midlands 1 against a well organised North Staffs HC side.
It was a summer of ins and outs for the Derbyshire side with Joe Morton, Tom Bacon and Joe Welsh all leaving for university with Australians Harvey Bessell and Aiden Van Staden returning home. Veterans Christian Battye and Patrick Evans also retired after years of service. Chesterfield recruited well over the summer however with the arrivals of goalkeeper Joel Clayton (Macclesfield HC), James Tanton (Derby), Matt Parker (Belper), Cameron Geimer (Knutsford), Joe Giltrow and Oli Evans (unattached).
Chesterfield started the game in their usual manner with enormous pressure applied to the away side. This resulted in forwards Dan Molloy, Jack Hartley and new signing Oli Evans creating a plethora of chances for the home side to snatch the lead.
The home side were finally rewarded for their hard work when Jack Hartley dispatched a well worked penalty corner into the opposition goal giving Chesterfield a deserved lead.
North Staffordshire responded well with Chesterfield being forced to defend a number of opposition advances. Man of the match Matt Drohan (GK) was called into action ensuring Chesterfield preserved their 1-0 lead going into half time.
The away side commenced the second half on the front foot with Chesterfield having to absorb yet more pressure. Seasoned defenders Ben Curley and Josh Brocklehurst successfully stifled multiple opposition chances. However, the away side secured an equaliser to create a tense final twenty minutes for both sides.
New signing Cam Geimer and promising youngster Ryan Speed dug deep in the midfield ensuring Chesterfield continued to create more opportunities to secure three points. However it was the away side that broke the deadlock with a final goal leaving Chesterfield bitterly disappointed to have received no reward for the hard work displayed.
CHC 1st XI Captain Jon Moores had this to say:
“Although we are very disappointed to not have walked away with at least a point, it's important to remember we're in this league off the back of two promotions, to lose by only one goal to a very experienced Midlands 1 team, we can't be too hard on ourselves”.
Chesterfield travel to former national league side Stourport HC next week which will be a demanding test for the team.
Line up -
Matt Drohan (GK); Ben Curley, Josh Brocklehurst, Jon Moores (C), Josh Helsby, Johnny Hancock, Cameron Geimer, Ryan Speed, Dan Molloy, Jack Hartley, Joe Green, Oli Evans, Josh Beardsley, Matt Parker, Louis Johnson.
Man of the match - Matt Drohan

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