Matlock Baileans v Beeston. Pictured for Matlock (in white) is Gemma Phipps.
Matlock Baileans v Beeston. Pictured for Matlock (in white) is Gemma Phipps.

Chesterfield earned a vital win in a relegation clash against South Notts HC, thanks to goals from Greek duo Tasos Varsamidis and Billy Fouflias.

A well attended match at St Mary’s started in tentative fashion, with both sides having found points hard to come by so far this season.

Chesterfield were boosted by the return of Ben Lamb and Josh Brocklehurst to the squad, whilst midfielder Joe Scott was also making his first appearance of the season.

The home side looked the more threatening, with Adam Bointon and Tom Curley given the time and space to run at the Notts defence.

The breakthrough came from a penalty corner when Varsamidis fired a low flick past the helpless goalkeeper - the first time Chesterfield had taken the lead in a game this campaign.

South Notts regrouped at half time and had the better of the opening exchanges of the second half, with their task made easier after Lamb was sin binned for dissent.

The ten men of Chesterfield showed character to weather the storm until Lamb returned. The hosts wrestled control of the game back from South Notts.

Despite creating several openings, Chesterfield still needed a second goal to calm their nerves that came after some quick thinking from Chris Battye at the top of the circle. He picked out Scott who worked the ball to Fouflias to finish with a flick high in to the net.

The relief was palpable at the final whistle, with Chesterfield holding on to secure their second win of the season. The league restarts after the winter break on January 17.