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Youngsters Impress in Reserves

27 February 2013

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Coach John Dungworth was pleased with the reserve team's performance in a 3-1 win over Hartlepool, with young pair Jacob Hazel and Jamie McNicholas (pictured) singled out for special praise. Hazel opened the scoring in Wednesday afternoon's match at the Proact while McNicholas gave an assured performance at left-back in his first appearance for the second string.

Dungworth said: "It was very pleasing. We started off really well as a team and pressured high up the pitch. We worked hard and got our reward for pressing with the first goal. 

"Jacob worked hard and scored a goal. He's always capable of scoring and if he can mix that up with improved work-rate, he's got a definite opportunity. Jacob has scored 20 goals each season as a scholar and he's also got goals for the reserves. 

"Jamie is a first-year scholar and I think he's had an excellent debut. He played at left-back but he's two-footed and is capable of playing on either side. He's a good example for the rest of the boys, showing that if they're consistent they'll get an opportunity. He's got to take that into the youth team match on Saturday, which is ironically against Hartlepool."

The Spireites line-up featured five triallists - Kristian Ramsey-Dickson, Ashley Sammons, Devann Yao, Jordan Keane and Michael Bryan - and Dungworth felt they all made good contributions. He said: "They've all done very well so I suppose the follow-up from this is to either get them in to train alongside the existing professionals or keep them under observation in their own environment."

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