Skipper gives honest assessment after Chesterfield loss

Chesterfield Hockey club v Worcester hockey team. NDET 14-2-15 Hockey  C Battye in action
Chesterfield Hockey club v Worcester hockey team. NDET 14-2-15 Hockey C Battye in action
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Chesterfield’s stand-in skipper Chris Battye pulled no punches in his assessment of Saturday’s 5-1 defeat at home to Worcester.

The Derbyshire side were the better team in the first half, creating several chances and scoring through Tasos Varsamidis’ well taken penalty flick.

It was a deserved lead but what followed perhaps suggested why Chesterfield are languishing at the foot of the table.

The hosts were left shellshocked when they conceded three goals in five minutes, Chesterfield regrouped and managed to frustrate Worcester.

Worcester grabbed another two as the clock wound down and Battye said: “For the first 30 minutes of the game we were the better side. A crazy five-minute spell at the end of the first half killed us. For the third goal we’ve let a dangerous player walk through three, four, five challenges into our circle.

“From there he sets up a goal and it’s effectively game over. We have to be tougher in the right areas of the pitch and start playing like men, not boys.”