Chesterfield FC Women beaten by experienced AFC Bentley

Chesterfield FC Women went down to a 3-1 defeat at AFC Bentley on Sunday afternoon.

The game was always going to be tough one up against a side who are unbeaten this season.

Bentley started the game well and scored early on, which was a wake-up call for the Spireites.

Chesterfield settled into the game and limited Bentley to chances by competing physically.

The Spireites created chances in the first half but, unfortunately, they couldn’t create a clear-cut opening after playing some fantastic football.

At half time they re-grouped, re-focused and went through the positives from the first half.

Starting the second half well, they kept the pressure on Bentley and a goal from Watkinson drew them level.

Then, a lack of concentration saw Bentley score from the kick-off.

They limited Bentley to chances and the young side battled well until the hosts scored their third from a scramble in the box following a corner.

In the final minutes, Bentley were awarded a penalty and Carroll made fantastic to save to keep it out.

Giving her thoughts on the game, manager Andrea Parkinson said: “It was always going to be a tough game up against an experienced Bentley who have been together a few years.

“All players battled well and tried to play football. I reiterated at the end that we’ve overachieved – which is fantastic – and to lose 3-1 shows how far we’ve come as the reverse fixture at the start of the season was a lot different.

“For a young, new squad who have only been together for eight months, they have been superb.

“We now have a two-week break before our last game of the season. We will re-focus in training and prepare for Wakefield.”