Women advance to semi-finals

Chesterfield FC Women advanced to the semi-finals of the League Cup with a 3-1 win at home to Handsworth Ladies Development on Sunday afternoon.
There were four changes to the starting line-up. Squad rotation is very important as there are 20+ players available and with only 16 players being able to make the matchday squad, it’s very competitive.
Handsworth started the game well, showing great spirit however it didn’t take the Spireites long to grow into the game.
It was a great goal from Watkinson to put the Spireites in front.
Chesterfield continued to create chances but couldn’t find the back of the net.
They dominated the first half and kept the ball well, playing some outstanding football.
Handsworth again came out of the blocks at the start of the second half and drew level with their goal coming from a ball over the top.
This encouraged the Spireites to find a second goal, carrying on the outstanding football from the first half.
They regained the lead when Broadhurst scored with a great left-footed strike.
The Spireites kept creating chance after chance, and the third goal came from the penalty spot. Foster was brought down in the box and tucked away the resulting penalty.
It was a great professional performance with the Spireites having high possession and endless amounts of chances.
Player of the Match: Leah Harrison.
After the match, manager Andrea Parkinson said: “I’d like to start by thanking the supporters. I saw more new faces attending their first game and regular faces who have supported the women all season.
“I focus on three main points before the game, and today’s performance showed that the players took the points on board. They kept the ball well, stayed professional and stayed focused.
“The togetherness at the moment is the best I’ve seen at any club. The players play for each other and encourage each other all the time.
“This win sees us 13 unbeaten, which is outstanding for a new team. We head into the semi-final with only two league games left.“