Well, there’s only one place where we can start! Chesterfield exited the FA Cup at the hands of reigning European champions Chelsea but can certainly be very proud of their efforts.
The Spireites were comfortably beaten 5-1 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge but James Rowe’s men battled hard and really grew into the game in the second half. Chelsea found themselves 4-0 up at the half time interval thanks to goals from Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Romelu Lukaku and Andreas Christensen.
Hakim Ziyech scored a fifth for Chelsea ten minutes into the second half but a superb effort from the Spireites in the second half was rewarded with a goal for Akwasi Asante in the 81st minute. Asante’s first goal since his long-term injury sent around 6,000 travelling Chesterfield supporters wild behind the goal and left manager James Rowe with a beaming smile on his face.
It was a match for Chesterfield that was always about the occasion itself rather than the result and Spireites supporters will always be able to look back fondly at this game and be proud of the team’s efforts as they went toe-to-toe with one of the world’s best football teams.
Unfortunately, it was a weekend to forget for Chesterfield Women. Mike Noon’s side were soundly beaten 4-0 by Lincoln United Women away from home in the second round of the East Midlands Womens League Cup. A brace from Abbie Murrell and two goals from Lucy Farrow knocked the Spireites Women out of the competition.
Staveley Miners Welfare’s excellent run of form continued last weekend as they beat Bottesford Town 2-0 at home in front of a crowd of 207. Goals from Declan Howe and Mitchell Langton secured all three points for the Trojans and Staveley are now in sixth position in the NCEL Premier Division. Staveley have now won five games in a row and haven’t conceded a single goal in this time.
Sadly, Alfreton Town versus Kettering Town, Matlock Town versus Ashton United and Bamber Bridge versus Buxton were all postponed due to waterlogged pitches.