Chesterfield’s hockey youngsters so close to national cup upset

A superb performance against one of the sport’s leading clubs was not quite enough to earn cup glory for Chesterfield U18s on Sunday.

Tuesday, 9th April 2019, 3:50 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th April 2019, 3:59 pm
The brave Chesterfield U18s team, who reached the semi-finals of the English Hockey Tier 3 Cup.

Chesterfield played their part in an enthralling match at Reading B in the semi-finals of the English Hockey Tier 3 Cup before falling to a 3-1 defeat.

Coach Christian Battye, who had nothing but praise for the teenagers, said: “We put in an outstanding display. But we just lacked that bit of luck you need if you’re going to pull off an upset.

“Reading were fantastic -- easily the best side we’ve faced at this level. So our lads should take great pride in getting to this stage.

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“The boys were also incredibly well supported, and it gave them all a lift to see so many fans down there. At times, it felt like a home match! Best of luck to Reading in the final.”

Roared on, Chesterfield held the hosts until conceding the first goal just two minutes before half-time.

Reading struck again early in the second half before a goal from Luke Fishleigh ignited the tie and Chesterfield went in search nof an equaliser.

Skipper Joe Morton had a shot well saved and Josh Beardsley was also denied by the ‘keeper. But despite some heroic defending, Morton’s side leaked a third goal in the dying minutes.

CHESTERFIELD LINE-UP -- Ethan Fox, Ethan Doherty, Joe Welsh, Tom Bacon, Hugh Frazer, Joe Morton, Ryan Speed, Josh Beardsley, James Eades, Louis Johnson, Luke Fishleigh. Subs: Matt O’Brien, Sam Bryce and Callum Kendellen.