Sin-binned senior players let the side down for Chesterfield

Sin-bin offences cost Chesterfield dear as they twice threw away a two-goal lead to draw 4-4 in their third match of the Midland Men’s Hockey League, Second Division season.

Monday, 21st October 2019, 5:02 pm
Johnny Hancock, who was among the goalscorers for Chesterfield.

Seeking their first win of the campaign, newly-promoted Chesterfield looked in control at 3-1 and 4-2 up at home to Khalsa Leamington 2nd, only to have players dismissed at crucial times, disrupting their rhythm.

Captain Josh Brocklehurst, vice-captain Dan Molloy and player/coach Christian Battye were all binned for needless dissent towards the match officials.

A sheepish Battye confessed: “The senior lads let the rest of the lads down. We let silly things get the better of us.

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“No matter how much you disagree with decisions, you have to keep quiet and carry on playing. There was no-one to blame but ourselves.”

Chesterfield went ahead when an unmarked Josh Helsby brilliantly steered the ball home from a clever pass by Joe Morton.

Ben Northedge equalised for Khalsa against his former club before the hosts asserted in the second half, inspired by man-of-the-match Tom Bacon.

Goals from livewire Johnny Hancock, Jack Hartley and Molloy appeared to kill the game off before the late implosion that enabled Khalsa to snatch an unlikely point.