Chesterfield HC coach feels for his side at Coventry

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 were left wondering how they did not take all three points, as they were held to a goalless draw at home to Coventry and North Warwick.

The north Derbyshire’s failure to find the back of the net has been the core problem this season and leaves them perilously close to relegation with only five games left to go. Chesterfield were slow out the traps and found themselves defending deep as Coventry pressed high and were grateful to Josh Brocklehurst for making a fine save off the line.

That early scare spurred the home side in to life and the Chesterfield midfield started to win possession inside the opponents’ half. Ben Lamb went close for the hosts. Christian Battye and Andy Hodgson kept up the pressure but moves fizzled out in the final third. Tasos Varsimidis was unluckily not to have scored when his drag flick was deflected in to the keepers’ face mask.

The Coventry stopper then made crucial saves in the second half to deny Chris Cowley, Varsimidis and Battye. Brocklehurst hit the post as Chesterfield piled forward. Chesterfield felt like they should have had a penalty stroke after a poor challenge prevented a clear goal scoring opportunity but the umpire felt it was not serious enough and awarded a penalty corner.

Tempers began to fray as the game reached its final moments. Billy Fouflias went close again under pressure and Tom Curley was not far off connecting to Varsamidis speculative hit.

Coach John Nash said: “I’m gutted for the boys to be honest, They did everything but put the ball in the back of the net. Their goalkeeper was excellent.”