Coach full of praise after Chesterfield’s hockey win

Deadly Dan Molloy, who scored two of Chesterfield's goals in their easy win at Burton.
Deadly Dan Molloy, who scored two of Chesterfield's goals in their easy win at Burton.

Coach Christian Battye was full of praise for his Chesterfield side as they swept aside Burton to maintain their title challenge in Division Three of the Midland Men’s League.

After a 4-0 win had kept Chesterfield in third, three points behind the leaders, Battye said: “That was excellent. We were in control from start to finish, and everybody looked solid.

“We have had some tough games at Burton in the past, so to come out with a 4-0 win is really pleasing.

“The way the lads have applied themselves so far this season has been very good, but we have plenty more hard work ahead.”

Early pressure paid off within five minutes as Joe Morton weaved his way through three players before a shot that was saved and led to a goalmouth scramble in which Johnny Hancock made no mistake from close range.

Man-of-the-match Morton himself was next on the scoresheet with an impressive backhand finish after busy work by Dan Molloy, who netted the third and fourth goals.

First he produced an instinctive finish after Morton had picked the ball up on the right flank and driven to the baseline, from where he squared to his teammate And in the dying moments, Molloy robbed a defender before expertly finessing the ball beyond the ‘keeper into the bottom corner.