A case of mistaken identity was a significant factor in a heavy 6-1 defeat for Chesterfield at Stratford in the Second Division of the Midland Men’[s Hockey League.
After a cagey, goalless start, Josh Brocklehurst was sin binned for a cynical tackle that had actually been committed by Jon Moores. As a result, Chesterfield had to re-organise their defence, and the home side capitalised on errors by the makeshift backline to take the lead.
The visitors also felt a sense of injustice about Stratford’s second goal, which came from a short corner. They felt that goalkeeper Matt Lloyd had been stick-tackled on the goalline but, regardless of their protests, they found themselves trailing 2-0 at the interval.
After a stern talking-to at half-time by stand-in coach Josh Nash, Chesterfield hit back strongly at the start of the second half. They even had the visitors rattled for a while after a goal with a penalty flick, coolly slotted away by Greek import Billy Fouflias.
Sadly, their renewed hopes did not last long as Stratford cashed in on more defensive fragility to regain their two-goal cushion with a neat finish to Lloyd’s right.
As Chesterfield committed more men forward, the hosts continued to hit them on the break and added three more goals. One of them was again controversial, though, when a foot in the middle of the pitch was missed by both umpires because of an off-the-ball incident.
Vice-captain Joe Scott lamented: “Our bad spells in games are costing us, and we need to improve in all areas of the pitch. We must work hard in training, so we can go into next weekend’s double-header at home to Old Silhilians (Saturday) and South Notts (Sunday) and play the hockey we are capable of.”