Chesterfield lack cutting edge at fellow strugglers

Chesterfield Hockey club v Worcester hockey team. NDET 14-2-15 Hockey  Stock pic of C.Cowle
Chesterfield Hockey club v Worcester hockey team. NDET 14-2-15 Hockey Stock pic of C.Cowle

Chesterfield HC’s hopes of survival in Midlands Division One suffered a further setback with a 4-1 defeat at fellow strugglers Edgbaston.

After a competitive start to the game, a seemingly innocuous ball into the Chesterfield ‘D’ bounced back off the post and was duly dispatched by an Edgbaston forward early on.

Desperately searching for a foothold in the game, and sitting far too deep to create any meaningful openings, the visitors toiled to no avail. New Greek international signing Georgios Fouflias showed flashes of skill but was often crowded out by an organised home defence.

As the half wore on, the Chesterfield defence switched off for a split second and were punished by the hosts after a well-worked set piece was turned in at the back post to make it 2-0. A stern half-time team talk from coach John Nash resulted in Chesterfield adopting a more positive approach in the second period.

It resulted in a goal, with Christian Battye finding sweeper Josh Brocklehurst, who made a late run into the ‘D’ and duly slotted home with a strong reverse stick finish.

With the hosts rattled, Chesterfield searched for an equaliser and the game opened up but their hopes suffered a blow when Battye was sin-binned after having been judged of making one poor tackle too many.

It halted Chesterfield in their tracks and they conceded a third from a short corner.

The away side threw everything at Edgbaston but seldom threatened their opponents and the hosts scored again before the final whistle.

It put an unfair gloss on the game although the Chesterfield players and management acknowledged their performance was not at the level necessary. They have it all to do in the final stages of the season.

Sunday’s game at Old Halesonians was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.