It ended honours even between Chesterfield youth and Doncaster youth as the sides drew 1-1 at Cylinders.
An early goal in the second half from Alex Hewitt was cancelled out seven minutes later by a Doncaster header which looped over Cameron Mason and the young Spireites couldn't force a late winner.
A cagey opening was brought into life after Jamie McNicholas crossed for the lively Jake Beesley on seven minutes. The striker got his head onto the ball but couldn’t manage to direct his header and the chance went begging.
Two chances for Doncaster followed as Mason was brought into the action. He saw one effort fly over the bar and he then denied a Rovers striker expertly with a smart save.
Beesley again found himself at the centre of the action as he charged down a loose ball but his header just fell the wrong side of the post.
Mark Smith’s half time team talk proved to be effective as it only took the young Spireites a minute to go ahead. Mason Coy found space and unleashed a shot which the goalkeeper palmed into the path of Hewitt who stroked home to give the Spireites the lead.
Their lead however didn’t last long as the visitors equalised. A Doncaster striker found space in the area and looped a header over the Chesterfield goalkeeper to level the scores.
It was the Spireites that looked more likely to get the winner as substitute Fabian Johnson looked threatening in attack but unfortunately he couldn’t get the winner and the youngsters had to settle for a point.
Manager, Mark Smith felt his side did enough to win the game. He said: “We showed a lot of intensity, application and determination. We were strong, looked quite resilient and we created numerous chances in the second half and should have finished them off.
“We restricted them to odd chances but we scored a good goal. We got Alex into the box which is something we were talking about before the game so that was a positive. Today was a concerted effort and was very pleasing.
“All the players played really well. Beesley run his socks off in attack against a guy who dominated him earlier in the season so it shows the improvement of the players. We still need to be striving and need to improve more because we know we’re better than how we’ve been playing, so it’s up to the lads to prove that.”