There were contrasting fortunes for the two Chesterfield teams in action at the Futsal national championships in Birmingham at the weekend.
Chesterfield 'A' and 'B' had both done superbly well to qualify for the finals, but they proved to be a step too far for the Spireites as they both suffered defeats.
Both teams were up against it from the off, with a number of injuries and unavailable players leaving them both with a bare squad of five players, with no substitutes. This played a large part in the outcome for the teams because, as the day wore on, the players were becoming increasingly tired. Chesterfield 'A' had a very tough group and they unfortunately failed to progress.
Chesterfield 'B', however, enjoyed better fortune and some free-flowing football saw them impressively reach the semi-finals stage. That proved to be one game too many for the Spireites - who had already played six games that day - and the tiring side lost out 6-1 to eventual winners Reading.
Manager Chris Mellor was disappointed with the result but was extremely proud of his players. “Both teams did superbly well to qualify for the finals and both competed well, despite having a bare squad of five,” he said. “Extra praise must be reserved for the 'B' team as they managed to get all the way to the semi-finals, but it was ultimately a game too far for the lads, who were very tired.”
Mellor is optomistic for the future, hoping that this experience of playing in the finals will inspire his players to do even better next season. He said: “It gives us a good platform to build from and gives the lads renewed confidence for next season, to keep working hard and try and go that step further and win it.”