Women extend unbeaten run

Chesterfield FC Women extended their unbeaten run to 11 games with a 3-3 draw away at Brunsmeer.

The Spireites went into the game with a young squad featuring five U18 players. They were up against an experienced, established team.

Foster opened the scoring with a well-worked team goal. Brunsmeer were awarded a penalty straight afterwards following a handball offence. Keeper Carroll came to Chesterfield’s rescue, however, guessing the right way to keep the score at 1-0.

The Spireites received a boost of confidence, and they broke from the save to score their second when Watkinson tucked it away.

Brunsmeer’s experience came through and they scored two quick goals to level.

In the second half, the Spireites struggled to get going and Brunsmeer capitalised on that and score a third to take the lead.

With a renewed sense of urgency in the final 15 minutes of the game, Chesterfield limited Brunsmeer’s chances and pinned them into their own half. With a high press and applying pressure, Watkinson scored the equaliser to make it 3-3.

Manager Andrea Parkinson praised the team’s resilience after coming through a tough test. She said: “This young squad are going to come up against teams like Brunsmeer, who are experienced and have been together longer than us.

“The belief in the squad is outstanding and they didn’t give up when we went behind. Our 11-match unbeaten run continues and what a run it is, especially for a new team. I’m extremely happy with our progress and position.”