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Youth Report: Hull 1-0 CFC

14 January 2013

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A late strike from substitute Danny Chambers was enough to give Hull City a 1-0 over a makeshift Chesterfield side in the Midland Alliance Youth League on Saturday.

Chesterfield boss Dave Bentley was without key center backs Tim Whittaker and captain Jack Broadhead ahead of the clash after both were included in the first team squad, Jordan Slack and U16's defender Lawrence Maguire deputised in their places.

Bentley was also without defender Jamie McNicholas through injury, so Matthew Clarke returned to the starting line up and Fabien Johnson dropping to the bench.

Both sides struggled to find a foothold in the opening stages of the game, with possession being squandered easily and nither goalkeeper being troubled.

However, it was the league leaders that had the first real chance of the game, midfielder Jack Barlows 20 yard free kick was well saved and held by Barrington.

Moments later Barrington almost gifted a goal to the hosts, the 'keeper was closed down by Harry Cardwell and the Hull City man  then managed to beat him to the loose ball, but Barrington recovered well to spare his blushes.

Chesterfield's first chance came mid-way through the first half. Inform striker Bradley Bowland was picked out witha fine pass from Alex Hewitt before turning his marker and firing an effort at goal which went just inches over the bar.

In the next five minutes Bowland had two more opportunities to grab the opening goal, his first was saved superbly by Rory Watson and his second flew over the crossbar.

The Spireites went on to dominate the match until half time, and just seconds before the break they had another chance to break the deadlock. A Josh Scully corner caused confusion in the Hull City penalty area, and Watson's fumbled clearance fell to Cormac Noel who had his effort blocked from 18 yards.

The second half started as the first finished with the Spireites in control, Bowland again missed a glorious chances as he headed a Scully free kick directly at the Tigers 'keeper.

Hull started to fight their way back into the match and came close from a corner, but Sutton's header harmlessly sailed over the crossbar.

The Yorkshire club continued to press and thought they had taken the lead on 60 minutes Winger Matty Dixon's cross-field pass found Jack Barlow unamrked at the back post, but his half volley was saved well by the diving Barrington.

The Spireites main threat seemed to be coming from Scully's set pieces and they came close again through Cormac Noel. The winger rose highest from free kick but his header was straight at Watson.

As they went in search for a opener, Hull made two changes with 20 minutes remaining, Brad Ricketts and Danny Chambers came on in place of Eughan McCawl and Joel Sutton.

It didn't take long for the changes to take effect, Hull left back Leon Dawson played a neat one-two with Dixon before unleashing a pin point cross on to head of Chambers, who flicked the ball over Barrington into the net.

Chambers almost doubled the lead just five minutes later, the striker was put through one on one after a good chip pass by Alex Metcalfe only for him to be denied by a great save.

Dixon then came close to doubling the lead for the home side, only to be denied by the post after unleashing a powerful drive from a tight angle.

The game ended 1-0 to the Tigers despite the Spireites playing well and keeping out the league leaders for a majority of the match, something that pleased boss Bentley: "We can be proud of that performance today.

"I thought we did enough to earn the point and we were very unlucky to concede after playing so well. We missed a lot of players today and the two young center backs came in and did really well.

"There's been some points this season where I've been embarrassed to be in charge, but today i was proud, if we lose but play well we cant complain too much."

Chesterfield line up: Barrington; Slack, Edridge, Maguire, Clarke; Fereday, Scully, Hewitt (Beesley), Partridge (Brock), Noel (Johnson); Bowland.

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