CHESTERFIELD PANTHERS: Captain’s delight at title success

Chesterfield Panthers v Keyworth Keyworth try in vain to stop another try Photo By James Williamson
Chesterfield Panthers v Keyworth Keyworth try in vain to stop another try Photo By James Williamson
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A delighted Chesterfield Panthers captain Steve Avenier believes clinching the title will be the springboard for further success in years to come.

Panthers achieved promotion from Midlands Division Four East (North) last week when nearest challengers Amber Valley were deducted five points for fielding an illegible player.

Chesterfield Panthers: Steven Avenier

Chesterfield Panthers: Steven Avenier

But they put the icing on the cake with a dominant display over Keyworth on Saturday, with no less than 14 tries recorded by the north Derbyshire outfit as they ran riot.

Avenier said: “Although we gained promotion last week to win the league is amazing. The trophy is ours and I can’t wait to see it in the clubhouse.

“We have put Chesterfield on the map for rugby once again, reclaiming our place at the top of the table.”

Their success was witnessed by a strong crowd which included former players from Chesterfield’s glory days, when they were widely recognised as the team to beat.

One former captain of the firsts, Henry Ford, who led the town’s rugby team in 1978, is also the current captain’s stepfather.

Avenier said: “I grew up watching my stepdad on the pitch and have long wanted to emulate his achievements and I have done it - captaining a great side to victory.”

“We had a vision from the very beginning of the season. Our pre-season coaching and technical training has paid off. I couldn’t have asked for anything more from a group of 15 players on the pitch.

“It was a true team effort. We are all delighted. We are proud to have laid solid foundations in which to continue the club’s success for plenty of seasons to come.

“Strong players are core to our ongoing success and since moving to the new ground we have attracted a number of them. Our recent success will bring us to the attention of more.”

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