Football: Edlington crash at Chesterfield

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Edlington Royals Ladies suffered a 3-0 defeat to a well-drilled Chesterfield side, writes Tony Nelson.

After winning their opening fixture in the Sheffield & Hallamshire Women’s County Football League’s Division One, Edlington were brought back down to earth with a bump.

After a fairly even opening 20 minutes, Chesterfield burst into life and hit Royals with a double in the space of five minutes.

The Chesterfield midfield were allowed far to much space and proceeded to feed some defence-splitting passes through the heart of the visitors’ defence which in turn were put away nicely by the host’s front two.

The second half saw Edlington huff and puff without creating many chances but credit must go to the centre half pairing who thwarted Edlington’s danger player Chelsea Baker at every opportunity.

The game was taken further away from the Royals when a long ball was chased down by Chesterfield’s number nine who coolly finished from just inside the penalty area to secure a deserved home win.

Edlington host their first home game of the season this Sunday (2pm ko) against local rivals Dearne and District who just missed out on promotion last season and were cup finalists.