Chesterfield HC coach John Nash praised the attitude of his players despite losing 6-3 at home to mid-table Telford & Wrekin on Saturday.
After having four players sin-binned in an ill-tempered match at Bridgnorth the previous week, Chesterfield produced a hard-working and disciplined display that gave the home support something to cheer in what has been a challenging season.
Nash said: “The difference in our application and attitude from last week was massive. Before the match we talked about working for each other, respecting the officials and keeping our heads. I have to say the guys responded well and everyone put in a shift for each other. We have two games left to continue in the same vein and build for next year.”
Chesterfield, with relegation from Midlands Division One confirmed last weekend, looked threatening on the break throughout but conceded three in the first half.
The second half showed reasons to be optimistic ahead of next season with three late replies from Chris Battye (twice) and Tasos Varsamidis in an end to end game full of effort that ended 6-3.