Jacob looking to impress on two fronts

Buxton FC v Rushall Olympic (yellow), Jacob Hazel
Buxton FC v Rushall Olympic (yellow), Jacob Hazel

Buxton loanee Jacob Hazel is hoping that his Silverlands stint can prove to be mutually beneficial for both the club and himself.

The 19-year-old striker arrived on a month’s loan from League Two side Chesterfield last week and was handed an immediate debut for the visit of Rushall Olympic.

The youngster played the full 90 minutes and helped create the opening goal for Lee Morris during the 2-1 reverse.

Hazel told the Advertiser that the advice of Spireites teammate Jack Broadhead, who had a successful spell at Buxton earlier in the campaign, was a key factor in agreeing to the temporary switch.

He said: “I’d rather be playing out on loan than be sat on the bench, so I was more than happy to come here.

“I spoke to Jack and he said it was a good club and that they helped him progress.

“Hopefully I can be successful here too and help the team push on.

“Then at the end of the month the situation will be assessed. Hopefully I can do enough to catch the eye of the gaffer (Paul Cook).”

Hazel, who is under contract at the Proact Stadium until the summer, had a fruitful spell in Norway during the first part of 2013-14.

The youngster bagged 17 goals during his stay at third tier side SK Sprint-Jeloy and he says that playing abroad was a hugely worthwhile experience.

He added: “It was a good standard out in Norway and I enjoyed it.

“I got back to England in late October and since then I’ve just been training so it was good to get my match fitness back against Rushall.”

McIntosh said: “I thought he worked well alongside Lee Morris.

“I think we’ve been missing that bit of pace up front and he’s quick and can get in behind defences, which he showed in the first half against Rushall.”