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Youth Report: Walsall 2-0 CFC

5 March 2013

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Chesterfield were knocked out of the Midlands Youth Cup semi-final by Walsall after they suffered a 2-0 loss at the Banks's Stadium.

A first half penalty from midfielder Jake Heath and a superb solo effort from winger Alex Reid gave the Saddlers a deserved victory after they dominated for large parts of the game.

The Spireites were defeated by the Saddlers 1-0 in the Youth Alliance Cup in December and also made the final of the Midlands Youth Cup last year but lost 3-0 to Lincoln City.

Boss Dave Bentley recalled a number of players following Saturday's 3-1 away victory at Hartlepool United. Captain Jack Broadhead, Josh Barrington, Tim Whittaker, Joshua Scully, Mark Fereday, Alex Hewitt and Bradley Bowland all made the starting eleven. 

Walsall made a quick start to the game and 'keeper  Barrington was forced into a good save after a fierce shot from midfielder Wes Rush, the rebound fell to midfielder Reid but he fired into the side netting.

Some clever play from striker Danny Griffiths won the Saddlers a penalty in the 16th minute. He was tripped by Broadhead after darting into the box after some good link up play. Heath converted the penalty with ease as he sent Barrington the wrong way.

The West Midlands side passed the ball well around the pitch and Jacob Hobbis and Rush were causing all sorts of problems with their pace and trickery and could have doubled their lead ten minutes before half time.

Rush used his speed on the left to beat defender Jordan Slack and despite a good cut- back to Reid his effort went into the side of the net as Walsall were in firm control of the contest.

Goal scorer Heath almost doubled the lead for Walsall after he collected the ball deep in the Spireites half. He held off a challenge from Hewitt and launched a long-range shot but Barrington got down well and tipped the ball away for a corner.

Chesterfield crept their way back into the match just before half time after Broadhead's superb run from his own half. He burst away from Heath and despite numerous challenges on his way to the box he held them off and fired a shot on goal, which forced 'keeper Liam Roberts into his first save of the match.

It was Hewitt who nearly got the Spireites back into the match with a spectacular effort. Reid cleared the ball following a corner from Scully and Hewitt hooked the ball on the volley and Roberts prevented a certain goal.

Only a minute later Bentley's men were caught on the break by a superb counter-attack. Rush burst away from Hewitt and played a defence splitting pass to Reid, he rounded Barrington and scored from an acute angle.

The Saddlers were organised in defence and swept up any danger with ease and Chesterfield couldn't find that decisive pass in the final third. Bentley introduced Oliver Brock and Joe Mathers for Fabian Johnson and Cormac Noel on the hour-mark to freshen up his team.

Heath almost grabbed his second in the 75th minute after he managed to create enough room on the edge of the box to have an effort on goal but he dragged his shot wide as the Saddlers took the game to Bentley’s boys.

Griffiths' mazy run from midfield created an opportunity after he picked out Rush who was lurking on the left. He cut inside but sliced his shot away from the net and out of play.

With ten minutes left the North Derbyshire side almost got back into the game direct from a free- kick. Fereday was fouled on the edge of the box and Scully hit a fierce low drive and was desperately unlucky to see his effort hit the post.

Slack had to clear the ball off the line late on in the game and the Spireites couldn’t get back into the contest after being second best for most of the game but Bentley was gracious in defeat.  

He said: “We come up against a very good Walsall team and they were miles better than what we were. Credit has to go to Neil Woods and is team and they deserve to be in the final after that performance.”

Chesterfield Xl v Walsall: Barrington; Slack, Whittaker, Broadhead, McNicholas; Fereday, Scully, Hewitt, Noel (Mathers 59) ; Johnson ( Brock 59), Bowland.

Unused Subs: Mason; Clarke.

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