A second half Cormac Noel equaliser earned Chesterfield reserves a point in an attacking game at Parkgate.In a first half that consisted of a number of efforts from both sides, Rotherham United took the lead on 18 minutes through a 25-yard lofted strike that caught Josh Barrington off his line.
Chesterfield pressed throughout the half but failed to really test the Rotherham 'keeper despite a number of attempts on goal and went into the break a goal down.
Cameron Mason took over in goal from Barrington after the re-start to give the youngster some valuable match time.
It took just six minutes before the Spireites drew level in the second half with a well worked equaliser. Jack Waddle crossed from the left side and found Noel at the back post who volleyed home decisively.
Both teams had opportunities to win the game in the latter stages of the match. Jonathan Wafula and Tim Whittaker both went close with headed efforts following Alex Hewitt corners.
Mason made an excellent save to deny the hosts in the dying seconds, parrying a vicious effort onto the post before the ball was eventually cleared.
Speaking after the game, coach John Dungworth said he felt there were a lot of positives that the young Chesterfield side could take from the match. "I'm very pleased with the game, we played some good football and created a lot of chances," he said.
"It has been a good experience for the players to play in the reserves this year generally and today was a very good advert for youth football."
Chesterfield Team: Barrington (Mason); Slack, Broadhead, Whittaker, McNicholas; Johnson (Mathers), Wafula, Hewitt, Waddle; Fereday (Edridge), Noel.