Chesterfield HC notch up best win of the season

Chesterfield hockey club v Nottingham. number 8 Christian Battye
Chesterfield hockey club v Nottingham. number 8 Christian Battye

Chesterfield inflicted their most emphatic victory of the season in a crushing rout against Wellingborough that sees the Derbyshire side go seven points clear at the top of East Midlands Premier.

Despite their dominance, it took over ten minutes for Chesterfield to break the deadlock when a neat move between James Dick and Adam Bointon give the former a sight of goal he didn’t pass up.

The second came from the penalty spot after confusion in the Wellingborough defence allowed Bointon to nick possession off the goalkeeper who then brought him down, allowing Ben Lamb to convert.

It quickly became three when good skill in the circle by Christian Battye gave him the space to lob the goalkeeper from a tight angle and Andy Hodgson was on hand to turn the ball into the net.

Chesterfield then wasted chances to go further ahead before half-time and were left wondering whether it could cost them as Wellingborough came out strong in the second half and brought a goal back.

But the resurgence was short lived when Jonno Hodgson intercepted a pass out of defence, beat the last defender and unselfishly squared the ball to Dick at the far post to score into an empty net.

Top scorer Ben Read got on the score sheet with a low drag flick from a penalty corner that found the bottom left. As the Wellingborough heads dropped, the home side pushed on, scoring four more in the last ten minutes.

Skipper Adam Bointon deflected a shot from Andy Hodgson into the bottom corner and Christian Battye scored twice, one with a reverse stick shot that was too good for the keeper.

Dick completed his hat-trick with a fine individual goal that ended with a rocket into the roof of the net.

Final score: Chesterfield 9 Wellingborough 1.