Jack Broadhead’s late header snatched a point for Chesterfield Youth, as they came from behind twice to grab a 2-2 draw with Grimsby youth team.
The visitors took the lead through a superb 25 yard curling free kick from striker Will Peers before half time which was later cancelled out by a well taken goal from Chesterfield striker Bradley Bowland.
However, it only took the Spireites 60 seconds to fall behind again after a strike from midfielder Jack Griffin, with Broadhead’s late header completing the score line, and earning his side a hard earned point.
Chesterfield were still without defensive trio Tom Colton, Jordan Slack and Jamie McNicholas through injury and made only one change to their side that drew 1-1 with Doncaster last week, with Cormac Noel replacing Joe Mathers in midfield.
Both teams started well and had opportunities to grab an early lead with Peers missing an easy opportunity for the visitors before Noel saw his 25 yard effort blast over the bar.
The first half remained a midfield battle until the half hour mark when Spireites midfielder Alex Hewitt brought down Lewis Smith outside the box. The resulting free kick was hit will by peers whose shot looped over the wall and into the top corner beating misplaced Cameron Mason in goal.
It almost took two minutes for the visitors to double their lead, but this time Mason was the hero after he did well to deny Smith who struck well from 25 yards.
Chesterfield had the chance to grab a deserved equaliser just before half time, after a great run striker Mark Fereday was finished off with a hard shot which was saved well and tipped over the bar by ‘keeper Harry Ashford.
The second half brought a much more open game with Chesterfield having heavy amounts of possession but unable to find an opening due to a good back line from the away team.
However their persistence paid off when after some good passing, Fereday’s flick beat the defence sending Bowland through on goal, his first shot was saved well by the on rushing ‘keeper but he made no mistakes about the rebound.
It only took 60 seconds before the young Spireites found themselves behind for the second time, after some good passing from the restart by Grimsby ended with a long range effort from Griffin finding its way into the back of the net off the post.
Chesterfield almost made an instant reply themselves just two minutes later after a shot from Noel just outside the area was deflected over and out for a corner.
Since falling behind, Chesterfield began to press and move higher up the field, and was almost punished for it after a counter attack from Grimsby ended with a long range effort from left back Josh Morral, who was unlucky to see his effort go inches wide.
With just ten minutes remaining Chesterfield began to throw the kitchen sink at Grimsby and after some good pressure they got their equaliser. A pin point corner from midfielder Joshua Scully found Broadhead 10 yards out whose superb diving header nestled into the bottom corner.
Both teams tried to press for an equaliser, and the full time whistle blew, Grimsby felt hard done by.
Speaking after the match, manager Dave Bentley said: “I thought we was a bit below par, we gave away two sloppy goals, the first one, the goal keeper isn’t in the right position, and the second one we didn’t close the ball down quick enough.
“We showed a bit of character to come from goal behind again, we battled our way to get back into the game and then Jack [Broadhead] out his head on one for us to get that second goal.
“Overall I’m a bit disappointed about our overall performance, we’ve played in bits, we looked untidy at parts as well, and all credit to Grimsby they came here and gave us game and played better on the day.”
Next up for the youth team is a tough away trip to Lincoln City on the 25th of August 11am kick off.
Chesterfield starting XI: Mason; Goodwin, Broadhead, Whittaker, Clarke; Hewitt, Scully, Noel, Brock; Bowland & Fereday.
.Subs: Mathers, Partridge, Johnson, Edridge & Morley