Chesterfield FC Women missed out on a place in the final of the Derbyshire Cup when they lost at the hands of Long Eaton United in a penalty shoot-out at the Proact on Sunday.
The Spireites started the game the strongly with Robyn Henton testing the keeper from long range, forcing the Long Eaton number 1 to parry behind for a corner.
With ten minutes on the clock, Long Eaton had their first chance, Laura Sears finding space on the right to run at Becky Bryan before whipping in a cross which was met by Allen whose header was incredibly tipped onto the bar by Nic Watson and eventually cleared away.
Kelly Fidler was causing the Long Eaton defence problems with some dangerous runs and crosses from the left-hand side and had a shot from the edge of the area well saved by the keeper.
Beth Smyth went close to opening the scoring on the half-hour mark when space opened up for the midfielder to have a shot at goal which forced the keeper into a frantic save at her bottom corner.
Ten minutes before half time, Long Eaton United's Laura Sears went down in an off the ball incident and had to be taken off on a stretcher off. Eight minutes of additional time was added on but the teams went in level at the break after an entertaining first half.
Directly from kick off, Long Eaton caused an early scare when Kirsty Allen found herself free on the left-hand side of the area but her shot was dragged just wide.
Manager Michael Noon made his first substitution on the hour-mark with youngster Courtney Caunt replacing Nat Frogatt as the Spireites looked to pinch a winner.
Five minutes later, Izzy Lonsdale had the Spireites' best opportunity, drilling the ball low from the right which fizzed across the face of goal with no-one there to apply the finishing touch.
With ten minutes to play, the Spireites dominated, having the majority of possession, but they couldn’t capitalise with the game finishing goal-less, it went straight to penalties.
After ten spot-kicks apiece, Long Eaton were victorious 8-7 in the shoot-out.
The Spireites Women now have a month off and return back to action in January. Our best wishes go to injured Laura Sears and hope she makes a speedy recovery.