A trip to Thirk on this glorious sunny day was to be entertaining and frustrating at the same time.
The team saw the return of Sam Fletcher
and Nicky Desoysa
who were to star in the team performance.
Thirsk are bottom of the table with little chance of survival but they are a team who has been solid and difficult to break down in the past.
A tricky opening spell in which good Chapeltown possession was wasted in front of goal with Tom Casson
going close and James Davidson getting in the way of a lofted reverse strike from Robin Codina
much to his annoyance. However it was at the other end following a decent save fromAndy Bowring that the ball fell to a Thirsk player who somehow managed to drag his effort wide of an open goal.
With this fresh in the memory Greg Bristol
made good ground from the back with a exchange of passes with Matt Burgon he then found Tom Casson
who easily dribbled into the D and then mishit his shot or perhaps it was a pass the jury remains out on that one but James Davidson was well placed at the back post to push the ball home 1-0.
Further efforts on goal by all the forwards saw the Thirsk keeper make repeated saves however it was a scrappy finish for Tim Lloyd
who hit home for the second when the ball broke to him.
The game deteriorated here turning into a dribble-athon with some would say great runs and shots from Tom Casson
, Robin Codina
and Viv Balachander which went wide hit the post and on occasion was well tackled without adding to the score.
Viv Balachander turned out to be the more lucky player as follwoing another drbble he did actually manage to score from just inside the D making it 3-0. Thirsk heads were down and they looked like a team well beaten already.
The Chapeltown defence were soaking up any attacks with Lee Robinson
continuing his good vain of form while Sam Fletche looked assured at ceentre back while Greg Bristol
continued with good tackles and tracking of players to prevent opportunities.
was placed in centre midfield and showed some great touches and some excellent tackles to win the ball back. It was one such steal that led to a Tim Lloyd
break down the left and following an exchange of passes saw a simple finish by Nicky Desoysa
at the back post to make it 4-0 at half time.
The second half was to continue in the same form as playing to our strengths and passing the ball around stopped and dribbling took over. A further goal was scored by Robin Codina
following a good passing move started by Matt Burgon who found Viv Balachander who in turn found James Davidson who drove along the back line before finding Robin Codina
unmarked at the back post.
A rare Thirsk break saw a rather sympathetic penalty flick given away as Lee Robinson
was adjudged to have pulled down the Thirsk player. The flick was well taken and there was little that Andy Bowring
could have done. Andy pretty much became an observer after this goal.
James Davidson should have done better when one on one with the keeper but his strike was saved cannoning off the keeperwho went down injured. The keeper had attempted to continue but left the pitch injured after making another save from James and Robin Codina
Confusion set in as the umpires were presented with Thirsk opting for 11 outfield players and no kicking back at this point. This led to two further goals from Viv Balachander and Tom Casson
who was deserving of a goal after playing somewhat superbly as the lead attacker.
Matt Burgon needed a rest and we opted to put Viv Balachander into centre midfield with the versatile FRANK TINGLE
the five minutes Viv was in there he managed to satnd on the ball at least five times citing that the ball moves differently in the middle!!
managed to get his second goal of the day as Thirsk put a keeper back into the net for the closing ten minutes of the game. Good possession from Chapeltown had seen several attempts at goal eitehr miss ar attacks break down due to the sheer numbers that were now defending. However a Viv Balachander shot was saved only for Robin to slot it away to make 8-1 at the end of the match.
Man of the match went to Viv Balachander who was somewhat fortunate with his dribbling getting him two goals. Dick of the day nearly went to Viv too but the conspiracy against the team captain James Davidson didn't win over as Nicky Desoysa
was heard at the start of the game claiming he was a star at Rotherham Hockey club and as one of the dick votes said, nobody is a star at Rotherham!!
Next up is away to Ramgarhia. They have had a dip in form Chapeltown will be keen to get back to back victories!!