Chesterfield youth team suffered their fourth successive defeat of the season as they lost 2-0 to a strong Scunthorpe side.
Goals from Levi Sutton and striker Billy Beresford just before the final whistle was enough for Scunthorpe to record back-to-back wins for the first time this season despite being on the back foot throughout.
Spireites manager Dave Bentley was forced into making one change to his side which lost 4-1 to Bradford City last weekend, with striker Fabien Johnson replacing the injured Oliver Brock.
Chesterfield started the game brighter with midfielder Mark Fereday doing well to turn his marker but his resulting shot was well saved by keeper Danny Waring.
Joshua Scully was very unlucky on a number of occasions not to score from free-kicks. With just ten minutes on the clock the influential midfielder saw his first effort go inches wide.
Chesterfield continued with heavy amounts of pressure and thought they had scored just before the 15th minute mark. Striker Bradley Bowland climbed above Waring to head home from a Scully throw-in, only for the referee to disallow it for an apparent foul made by Bowland on Waring.
The young Spireites maintained the pressure and Scully continued to cause problems with his free-kicks, one of which rebounded off the crossbar and deflected off Waring’s legs out of play for a corner kick.
Luck was not on Chesterfield’s side at all as they hit the woodwork again just before half-time. Fereday found Johnson with a good through ball, and the striker powered his way through the defence, only for his shot to hit the crossbar and go out for a goal-kick.
Despite all of their efforts, Chesterfield found themselves going into half-time 1-0 down. Scunthorpe hit the Spireites on the break from a corner after a good run from Beresford was found by Luke Hornsey and the resulting cross was met by the head of Sutton who nodded in from three yards out.
Chesterfield conceded just a few minutes into the second-half. Beresford capitalised on some poor passing by Fereday only for him to slot past the on rushing Josh Barrington with a clever finish.
The goal appeared to deflate the home side who failed to find the creativity they had during the first 45 minutes and they were lucky not to be 3-0 down after Sutton went close again, this time from a corner, when his shot just whizzed past a post.
Bentley gave U16s striker Jake Beadsley his first run out for the youth team in attempt to get his side back into the game and the change almost worked out as he headed just wide from a corner with 15 minutes remaining.
With the minutes ticking away, the Spireites threw everything they had at Scunthorpe who did well to deal with the late pressure. Bowland had an effort go just wide before Scully had a shot smartly saved by Waring after been found by Bowland with a clever through ball.
As the full-time whistle went, Chesterfield felt hard done by after being the better side for the majority of the game and that was something Bentley shared with his team.
Speaking after the game he said: “I thought we were unlucky today because we played some good stuff.
“In the first-half we were the better team. We went close with a number of chances and were very unlucky to have Brad’s [Bowland] goal disallowed.
“It’s the first time in a long time that I’ve managed a side that has lost four on the bounce but we have a tough game next week - as they all are - and it’s up to us to pick ourselves up.”
Next up for the young Spireites is a home game against Rotherham United on Saturday.
Chesterfield line up: Barrington; Slack, Broadhead, Whitaker, Clarke; Fereday (Beadsley), Scully, Hewitt, Noel; Johnson & Bowland.