Chesterfield Ladies travel to Grimsby Town Women for final game of the season

Chesterfield Ladies have enjoyed a successful season. Photo: Michael South
Chesterfield Ladies have enjoyed a successful season. Photo: Michael South

Chesterfield Ladies will round off the 2023/24 campaign with a long trip to the North-East to face already relegated Grimsby Town Women on Sunday 19 May.

The Blues have enjoyed a successful season, and are guaranteed to finish second place in the East Midlands Women’s Premier Division, which is an improvement from last season’s third-place finish.

The match was supposed to take place on Sunday 28 April but was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Chesterfield Ladies

A win on Sunday would be Chesterfield’s third league victory in a row and would make it 14 wins from 18 league games.

They remain comfortably in second place in the league table behind champions Lincoln United Women, who have won every match this season.

The Blues will be looking to bounce back from their Derbyshire County Cup final defeat against Derby County Women U20s on May 1, in which they narrowly lost 1-0.

Supporters’ Player of the Year Imogen Fowler is the club’s top scorer, netting 28 goals this season, furthermore, she is the second-highest scorer in the league and she will be looking to boost her tally on Sunday.

Team Captain Millie Standen is the club’s second-highest scorer with 18 goals, she also scooped the Player’s Player of the Year and Manager’s Player of the Year awards at the club’s presentation evening on 12 May.

The opposition

Grimsby Town Women play at the Oasis Sports Academy, Wintringham, which is located just outside Grimsby town centre.

The club was promoted to the Premier Division last season after winning the East Midlands Women’s Division One North last campaign.

They are already relegated back to the sixth tier of women’s football following a poor run of form towards the end of the season, in which they have lost their last four games.

Grimsby have been decent defensively, however, the lack of goals has been the reason for their downfall. They have only scored 24 goals this season, which is the second lowest in the league behind Long Eaton United Women (7)

Their top scorer is Bethany Wharton with eight goals.

The league table going into the final game. https://fulltime.thefa.com/table.html?league=7385131&selectedSeason=710705504&selectedDivision=872943506&selectedCompetition=0&selectedFixtureGroupKey=1_741146557
The league table going into the final game.

https://fulltime.thefa.com/table.html?league=7385131&selectedSeason=710705504&selectedDivision=872943506&selectedCompetition=0&selectedFixtureGroupKey=1_741146557

Previous encounters

The two teams met earlier this season on 17 September in which Chesterfield Ladies won with a narrow 1-0 victory in a nail-biting encounter at Chesterfield Panthers Rugby Club.

Chesterfield striker Sophie Marshall battling against Grimsby. Photo: Michael South
Chesterfield striker Sophie Marshall battling against Grimsby. Photo: Michael South

Looking ahead

Following the Derbyshire Women’s County Cup final, Chesterfield Ladies Tactics coach Neil Robinson believes the team can put in a strong campaign next season.

He said: “We’ve got our ambitions for next season we know what we want to achieve, we want to hopefully get the cup back next year, there’s no reason why we can’t compete again.”