Tasmanian share top scorer honours

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Unbeaten Chesterfield finished the season in style with an 8-2 home win over Market Harborough to be crowned champions of East Midlands Premier.

No less than 16 wins and two draws have seen Chesterfield steamroll their way to the division’s championship - 10 points ahead of second placed Sikh Union.

Tasmanian James Dick took his goal tally to 20 for the season by scoring four, sharing the top scorer accolade with fellow countryman, Ben Read. Despite a bright start, Market Harborough found themselves a goal down early on when Jonathan Hodgson intercepted a pass out of defence and he picked out James Dick in front of goal with a 30 yard pass, who easily rounded the keeper to score.

Mike Fearn doubled the lead moments later with a clever deflected shot into the left corner from Christian Battye’s cross.

The third followed from an incisive pass into the circle by Battye to pick out Adam Bointon on the by-line and he squared the ball across goal for Chris Cowley to score at the far post. Battye and Bointon combined again to cut through the Harborough defence, this time Battye picking out James Dick for his second.

Mike Fearn added to his tally by winning possession and releasing Dick into the circle who unselfishly returned the pass for Fearn to score with an excellent reverse stick shot.

The sixth came just before half-time from a penalty corner when Bointon reacted first to a rebound off the goalkeeper to slot home.

James Dick completed his hat-trick early on in the second half with a superb individual goal and then was unlucky to see his shot rebound off the cross bar with a reverse stick effort that would have been one of the goals of the season.

He made it eight mid-way through the half with a direct shot from a penalty corner that nestled into the bottom left corner.

The home side eased off and allowed Market Harborough back in with two consolation goals late on to give the visitors something to cheer, but Chesterfield were already preparing to celebrate a highly successful and unbeaten season, securing promotion as champions.