Hawks hang on to frustrate Chesterfield

Ben Dudzinski was called into action late on to help Hawks earn a point at Chesterfield Picture Credit: Keith Woodland
Ben Dudzinski was called into action late on to help Hawks earn a point at Chesterfield Picture Credit: Keith Woodland
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The Hawks stretched their unbeaten run to three games in the National League with a hard-fought 0-0 draw against Chesterfield at the Proact Stadium.

Following an even first half, the visitors fought a brave rearguard action after the break to pick up a vital point.

The visitors included new signing Djamel Leeflang on the substitutes’ bench.

The 26-year-old Dutch-born, attacking midfielder received international clearance during the week after moving from the Indonesian Premier League.

The home side threatened first, with Jonathan Smith having a shot charged down.

Then home keeper Callum Burton rushed to the edge of his box to take the ball off the feet of Alfie Rutherford as the Hawks showed their attacking intent.

And moments later the Spireites stopper was in action again, this time diving full-length to deal with an Alfie Pavey strike.

A Rory Williams free-kick from the left then tested the home defence, with Rutherford’s drive deflected for a corner.

Two Hawks players ended up on the floor from the corner, but the referee was uninterested in their appeals for a penalty.

Chesterfield were being given little time on the ball whenever they tried to move forward.

But a slip by Dan Strugnell almost let them, before good covering by his fellow defenders rescued him

After a bright opening, the game turned into a tight, uneventful affair.

Pavey had a great chance on the stroke of half-time when sent clear – but his first touch let him down.

The Hawks made a determined start to the second half.

Alex Bradley worked an opening just outside the box, but his shot was deflected over.

At the other end, Ben Dudzinski pulled off a great save to deny Curtis Weston.

With the pace picking up, the game was becoming more stretched – and the Hawks increasingly coming under pressure.

The visitors survived a penalty appeal when Tom Denton was bundled over in the box. And nn stoppage-time, Dudzinski produced a remarkable double save to keep his side on level terms.