Turbulent season finishes on a high for Chesterfield

Matlock Baileans v Beeston. Pictured for Matlock (in white) is Gemma Phipps.
Matlock Baileans v Beeston. Pictured for Matlock (in white) is Gemma Phipps.

“A great way to sign off a tough season,” was how Chesterfield coach John Nash described the 7-3 final day win at second bottom South Nottingham.

“I’m really pleased for the guys as they’ve stuck at it this year despite not getting the results. We played some great stuff today and finally found our touch in front of goal.”

Chesterfield fell a goal behind before Andy Hodgson equalised after neat work from Tom Curley opened the floodgates and the visitors seized control of the game.

Chris Battye picked out the lively Chris Cowley to slot home his third goal of the season. The away side punished the hosts further with another soon after, this time the impressive Stephen Hubbard picked out Billy Fouflias who drove a low shot past the goalkeeper.

A fourth goal arrived on the stroke of half time, this time it was Battye’s turn to get amongst the goals after his clever penalty corner strike found the far corner.

Hosts South Notts got a second before Chesterfield responded again. Tasos Varsamidis’ inventive reverse stick finish restored Chesterfield’s three-goal lead.

The home side struck again with a third goal before a fine run and pass from Fouflias set Cowley up for his second of the game to make it 6-3. The points were sealed courtesy of a Varsamidis penalty corner strike, giving Chesterfield their third win of the season.

Speaking after the game, Varsamidis reflected on scoring his eighth goal of the season: “I am pleased to be top scorer in team, but I’m disappointed overall.

“Next year we will be better and I am already looking forward to pre-season.”