Fresh approach pleases new Chesterfield HC player-coach Ben Lamb

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Chesterfield started life under new player coach Ben Lamb in the best possible fashion with home wins over Buxton and North Notts in their opening pre-season friendlies.

After a busy summer of recruitment, Chesterfield look to be in good shape for the league campaign ahead. Lamb has worked hard to instil a more attack-minded philosophy in his side.

The hosts raced into a 2-0 lead against Buxton thanks to a close range strike from Varsamidis and Lamb’s cool finish.

The second half saw the visitors regroup and pull a goal back but Chesterfield soon killed the game off.

Lamb struck for a second time to make it 3-1 and Gareth Hunter marked his return to the side with a powerful flick late on to make it 4-1.

Local rivals North Notts, also looking to rebuild after suffering relegation last season, offered a sterner challenge but were overcome by a hard working and aggressive Chesterfield display.

The visitors took the lead with a well taken counter attack goal but the home side were soon level after skipper Battye’s deflected strike found the far corner.

Dunn scored his first goal for the club by neatly steering the ball over the ‘keeper to make it 2-1 and a third arrived just before half time with Battye rounding off a sweeping team move.

Cowley was on hand to turn in at the far post after quick thinking from Tom Stolworthy at the top of the circle to make it 4-1 at the finish.

Lamb was pleased with the effort shown. He said: “Overall it was very satisfying, we put in two strong performances and showed positive intent throughout.

“We’ve changed our approach and style of play and the guys implemented it very well. I’m delighted with some of the individual performances too.”

The next pre season friendly takes place at St Mary’s school against Burton on Saturday, September 19 (1pm start).