Chesterfield FC Women opened their league campaign with a 5-0 win against Sleaford Town.
The Spireites headed into the game on a high following their 12-0 victory in the FA Cup the week before and they were up against an established side in the East Midlands Women’s Regional Football League who finished mid-table last season.
Chesterfield started strongly, dominating possession and they created some early crossing opportunities with a Gemma Nuttall centre just evading the head of Ami Buzzeo.
The early pressure was soon rewarded when a Beth Smyth corner wasn’t cleared by the Sleaford defence and Buzzeo was the first to react in the box, heading the ball into the back of the net to give the Spireites the lead.
The Spireites continued to press and following some good work by Amy Townsend they were awarded another corner, again swung in by Smyth and this time Gina Camfield pounced to double Chesterfield’s lead.
Sleaford were threatening on the attack and tried to penetrate with some direct through balls but the defensive partnership of Nat Froggatt and Becky Bryan dealt with it comfortably, regularly restarting attacks through keeper Nic Watson, who looked very composed with the ball at her feet.
Steph Warren was looking dangerous down the left hand side and whipped in a delightful cross which just evaded Camfield.
Following a few scrappy challenges in midfield and a couple of half chances, the first half drew to a close with Chesterfield taking a two-goal lead into the break.
Following the interval, Chesterfield were again dominant in possession and actively seeking a third to finish the game off. Sleaford didn’t give up lightly though and continued to apply pressure on the Chesterfield back line.
Chesterfield eventually got their third after a Sleaford clearance rebounded off Smyth, following some excellent pressing and ended up in the back of the net.
Paige Singleton replaced Warren on the hour-mark to add some fresh legs to the attack and was quickly on the front foot, causing the Sleaford defence problems.
Despite the three-goal lead, Chesterfield were keen to continue attacking, keeping possession of the ball well and creating more and more opportunities. The Spireites nearly got their fourth when a Smyth free kick rattled the bar but it was just an inch too high.
Smyth did get her second a few minutes later when she took a delightful touch on the edge of the box before thumping her strike into the back of the net to give the Spireites a 4-0 lead.
Buzzeo gave way to Sammy Stokes just after the hour-mark and Stokes instantly got into the game, causing the Sleaford midfielders even more problems and the scoreline was nearly made five when Camfield went through, only for her shot to go just wide.
The Spireites' final substitution saw Leoni Everley replace Becky Bryan. Everley also had an instant impact, crossing to Kelly Fidler, who smashed the ball into the back of the net to make it 5-0.
Chesterfield, now looking extremely confident, continued to press, looking for another goal but a good save from a Singleton shot kept the score at five.
The referee blew his whistle shortly as the Spireites chalked up their first win in the division, putting them second in the league table.
Chesterfield FC Women are at home next Sunday (2pm) to local side Hasland CFC in the Derbyshire Cup, at Glapwell Stadium. It is free admission for all Chesterfield season ticket holders.