A superb hat-trick from striker Bradley Bowland gave Chesterfield Youth an emphatic 3-0 victory over York City and well deserved three points.
Bowland opened the scoring midway through the first half after heading home a Mark Fereday cross before doubling the lead with his second, tapping home a rebounded effort from three yards, and the striker capped off hat trick smashing home from five yards just minutes from the end.
The game was fortunate to go ahead after a whole day and night of rain kept the York City training ground staff and players busy trying to make the pitch playable, although it was a tough surface for both teams to play on.
Spireites boss Dave Bentley was left without six regular first teamers for the journey north, including defenders; Tim Whittaker, Jordan Slack and Matthew Clarke, who all missed out through injury with Regan Edridge, Jamie McNicholas and college student Lawrence Maguire coming in.
Chesterfield started the game the brighter of two, with Fabien Johnson causing early problems. The big striker saw his header form a Joshua Scully corner go just over before dragging a shot wide of Josh Archers goal.
Bentley’s side had been accused of not being able to convert all there possession into goals in previous games, and today was not to be the case.
The young Spireites had complete control of the game and quickly took the lead after some impressive build up play; Bowland latched onto the end of a pinpoint Fereday cross and did well to head past the onrushing Archer.
Minutes later Chesterfield had a chance to double their lead, this time through Cormac Noel. The speedy winger sprinted took on a number of York defenders before hitting a curling shot, which was saved amazingly by Archer.
Despite the heavy amounts of pressure there was still the chance of a York goal. Tom Chamberlain was a constant threat throughout the half and almost grabbed an equaliser just before the break, the winger received the ball at the edge the box, turned Edridge before seeing his low driven shot well saved by Josh Barrington, his save kept the score 1-0 at half time.
Both teams struggled to find their feet at the start of the second half, with the pitch starting to take its toll on the game, the slippy underfoot was causing problems as both struggled to gather possession.
The first chance of the second half fell to Chesterfield, with Fereday doing well to capitalise on some poor York defending just outside the box and was unfortunate to see his shot deflected over and out for a corner.
York started the game 12 points ahead of Chesterfield and second in the league, and they almost proved why as they came close once again. Barrington missed hit a pass back from Jack Broadhead straight to Chamberlain and his first time effort went inches over.
As it look like York might grab an equaliser Chesterfield and Bowland doubled there tally, on the counter from a corner, Noel picked up the ball on the half way line and ran through numerous York defenders and unleashed a vicious shot 12 yards out which was saved into the path of Bowland who tapped home the rebound.
Minutes later York had a chance to get back into the game, but were denied by the woodwork, a free kick from captain Danny Middleton picked out Tom Allan whose first time shot rebounded back off the cross bar.
Chesterfield were in search of another goal to kill off the game and in trying to aid their cause introduced Jake Beesley who replaced Johnson upfront, and the U16’s striker made an instant impact and played a key part in the third goal.
Beesley pounced on some poor York defending before running through the defence towards the goal line, he picked out Bowland with a clever low cross, and Bowland did well to execute the finish to grab his well-deserved hat trick.
Beesley himself had a chance to grab his first goal of the season with the last kick of the game but hit his shot too hard over the bar.
The victory is Chesterfields fourth of the season and is there first clean sheet of the campaign after 12 games.
The performance from his team and in particular Bowland pleased Bentley who said: “I thought we were magnificent, we got what we deserved today because we worked for the whole 90 minutes.
“It was a great team effort topped off by a great hat trick from Brad (Bowland).
“We have a lot of games in a short space of time now and we have to be prepared, fit and ready for them.”
Chesterfield Youth have three games in seven days to be prepared for, starting with Morecambe on Tuesday in the Youth Alliance League Cup, before taking on Boston and Lincoln city in the Midland Youth Cup.
Chesterfield starting XI: Barrington, Edridge, Broadhead, Maguire, McNicholas, Fereday, Scully, Hewitt, Noel (Partridge 83), Bowland, Johnson (Beesley, 68).