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Spireites Yth 4-1 Boston Yth

23 November 2012

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Chesterfield’s youth team continued their fine run of form after a thrilling 4-1 win over Boston United in the Midland Youth Cup. 

Two goals from inform striker Bradley Bowland along with strikes from Cormac Noel and substitute Sam Beesley was enough to seal the victory as the Spireites made it four wins in four. 

Manager Dave Bentley stuck with the same side that beat Morecambe 4-1 in mid-week, with U16's defender Laurence Maguire keeping his place in the heart of the defence.

Chesterfield got off to a flying start and found the net within the first five minutes through Cormac Noel. Midfielder Josh Scully found Noel with a terrific pass, and the pacey winger sprinted through the Boston defence before lashing a low drive into the bottom corner of Sam Vince's goal. 

Just moments later the Spireites doubled their lead, this time through Bradley Bowland. The striker kept alert and capitalised on some poor defending before slotting home underneath Vince.

The two early goals had given the home side a huge boost as they continued to press and cause the Boston defence all sorts of problems.

Mark Fereday's pace was causing Boston problems and the winger almost made it three after a good through ball from Johnson sent him one-on-one with the Boston ‘keeper. Unfortunately his shot was hit just wide. 

The visitors had Vince to thank on numerous occasions, as he ensured that the score line wasn't worse going into the break. The 'keeper did well to deny Bowland a second; the striker outpaced defender Charlie Melville before unleashing a bullet effort which was hit straight at Vince. 

Vince was called into action once again just before half time, saving a Fabien Johnson header from a Regan Eldridge free kick. 

The Spireites made a change at half time with Under 16's striker Jake Beesley coming on for Johnson upfront and the youngster made an instant impact with his first touch. 

Boston again gave the ball away, this time to Noel in the centre of midfield. The winger then did well to find Beesley with a pinpoint through ball, which fooled the onrushing Vince and left the striker with an open goal and he no mistake with his finish. 

That goal was Beesley's second in three days and he will be hoping the goals will make a case for a starting place in Tuesday’s game against Lincoln City. 

Bowland kept getting closer to doubling his tally for the day but again was denied by a good save from Vince. The lively striker hit a curling effort from just outside the box, which was dealt with well by the Boston stopper. 

Boston then almost caught the Spireites napping with their first attack of the game, substitute Marnley Britton forcing a save out of Josh Barrington with a curling left footed effort. 

As Boston started to get a foothold in the game, Chesterfield were quick to punish them and further extend their lead, and it came through Bowland once again. The Boston defence were caught napping and a misplaced pass from Josh Spencer was picked up by Bowland 20 yards out and, after sprinting through the remaining defenders, he smashed home underneath the ‘keeper for his seventh goal in four games.

With just seven minutes remaining there was still time for one last goal, this time it fell to Boston from the spot, after what looked a good tackle from Laurence Maguire on substitute Leon Squires. Midfielder Aaron Eyett converted with an effort straight down the middle of Barrington’s goal to give the visitor’s a consolation from their visit to the Proact.

With the last chance of the game, Boston could have added another but were denied by the bar, Jordan Sowerby hitting the woodwork after beating everyone to the ball from a corner kick.

Speaking after the game, Bentley said: "I'm happy with the result, but it could have been a lot more, we had a lot of chances. 

"In the end it could have been 4-2 or 4-3, their goalkeeper and back four was kept busy all game, but it’s great to see us continue this form. 

"It’s going to be tough to keep this form going, but I'm sure we can keep it up, we have a good team with some good youngsters coming through."

The result gives the Spireites a huge boost ahead of Tuesdays clash with Lincoln City. 

Chesterfield starting XI: Barrington; Eldridge, Broadhead, Maguire, McNicholas; Fereday, Scully, Hewitt, Noel (Partridge, 70); Bowland & Johnson (Beesley, 46).


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