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Spireites Yth 1-0 Mansfield Yth

3 August 2012

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Chesterfield youth team  claimed a win in their final pre-season match ahead of the start of the league campaign next Saturday  thanks to a well taken goal by striker Mark Fereday.

The Spireites first test in the North East Youth Alliance League is away at Doncaster Rovers, and the victory against Mansfield was well deserved but they should have scored more on the day after missing a number of chances.

Chesterfield looked sharp from the kick off and gave the Mansfield defenders problems early on and midfielder Cormac Noel's effort was inches away from giving them the lead inside ten minutes.  

The early pressure paid off for manager Dave Bentley's team as a superb long ball from striker Bradley Bowland found Fereday who did well to shrug off defender Ben Burch and volleyed the ball through the 'keeper's legs for a deserved lead in the 14th minute.

The goal gave the Blues confidence, passing the ball well and looking a real threat, while also keeping the Stag's strikers quiet as they lacked quality in the final third.

Bowland thought he had doubled the lead after a bizarre cross/shot from the far right of the pitch looped over the 'keeper Jordan Fell who just managed to claw it off the line.

Ten minutes before half time the home side should have increased their advantage as Fereday and Bowland both missed good chances as the Stags had to soak up a lot of pressure.

Despite the dominance from Bentley's side they were almost pegged back just before half time as striker Remy Davis muscled his way past defender Jordan Slack but saw his initial effort saved by 'keeper Cameron Mason and his follow up shot  come off the post.

Despite the impressive first half the Blues struggled to have the same impact in the second. Mansfield pressed the Blues quicker and limited the flow of attack as they fought their way back into the game.

There were few clear cut chances in the second half as Mansfield searched for the equaliser but had to settle for long range efforts and couldn't find a way past Mason.

Ben Partridge, Fabien Johnson and Joe Mathers were amongst the substitutes who were brought on to try and freshen up the game as the Spireites failed to create opportunities in the final third , with the Stags comfortable and the better side.

With less than ten minutes left the Spireites should have finished the game after some good link up play from midfielder Joshua Scully found Johnson  in space and he managed to put Mathers through one on one with Fell after a clever pass.

Appeals for offside were turned away as Mathers skipped past Fell but the acute angle made the shot difficult and his effort rolled inches wide as Bentley's side couldn't find the decisive second goal.

With a minute left Johnson had a golden opportunity to seal the win but a mix- up between himself and Partidge ended up with neither connecting with the ball and the danger was cleared.

It was a mixed game for the Spireites, dominating the first half and creating chances while the second was far less convincing, but Bentley has been pleased with the teams overall progress in pre-season.

Bentley: " We have got another week to go and have time to work on a few things and can go into the League with a lot of confidence.

"The pre-season has gone fairly well for us,  it has been very difficult with the lads playing twice a week, but now we are preparing for Saturday's game at Doncaster and hopefully getting off  to a good start," he said.

Chesterfield: 4-4-2: Mason, Slack, Broadhead, Whittaker, Clarke, Scully, Hewitt, Brock, Noel, Fereday, Bowland: Subs: Johnson, Partridge.

Pre-season results: July -August

Chesterfield 0-0 Sheff Wed

Chesterfield 0-2 Sheff Wed

Boston 2-3 Chesterfield

Staveley 1-0 Chesterfield

Chesterfield 2-2 Barnsley

Chesterfield 1-0 Mansfield

http://www.football-league.co.uk/page/YouthAllianceArticle/0,,10794~2865553,00.html

League campaign starts away at Doncaster Rovers on Saturday, August 11.


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