Chesterfield win to keep up the pressure on leaders Stratford

In a weekend that saw the entire Sunday fixture programme wiped out, Chesterfield notched an important 4-2 win on Saturday in trying conditions away at Finchfield HC. In a game played in bright sunshine, biting winds and snow showers Chesterfield came out on top in what proved to be a thrilling encounter. Michael Fearn, Hugh Flassman, Dan Molloy and Christian Battye were all on the scoresheet in a high energy display from the Derbyshire side.

Sunday, 18th March 2018, 4:55 pm
Updated Sunday, 18th March 2018, 6:00 pm

The result leaves them trailing leaders Stratford by two points with just two games remaining.

Skipper Fearn said: “It’s always a competitive game here, so to come away with that result is excellent.

“We can’t do much more other than win our final two games and see what happens.”

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The visitors got off to a flying start which set the tempo for the rest of the match.

Flassman delivered a pinpoint aerial pass to Joe Morton, who controlled the ball brilliantly in his stride – only to be upended by the Finchfield ‘keeper who was sin binned for the challenge.

Skipper Michael Fearn made no mistake from the spot to make it 1-0.

Further skilful play by Morton then saw him tee up Flassman for 2-0.

The home side managed to pull a goal back after a mix up in the Chesterfield defence but Dan Molloy soon restored the two goal cushion from close range – his fourth goal in two games.

A rejuvenated Finchfield emerged from the half time interval – a sign that the game was far from done and dusted at 3-1.

Indeed, Chesterfield were made to work hard by a robust home side that were clearly not going to let the points go lightly.

After a string of missed opportunities, Battye was on hand to finish a move he started to make the score 4-1.

The home side rallied late on to score a consolation but Chesterfield held on for all three points.