Jordan Walshaw scored a brace as Chesterfield's youth team recorded their first league victory of the season, beating Rotherham United 4-1.
Martell Daswell and an own goal from a Millers defender were enough to seal a comfortable victory, despite Mason Coy's own goal levelling the scores going into half time.
The youth team controlled the first half with captain, Laurence Maguire and Jamie McNicholas keeping possession well. Walshaw picked up his first of the morning, finishing well from a Daswell square ball.
Rotherham were struggling to get to grips with the Spireites, however they forced an equaliser ten minutes before half time through an unfortunate own goal.
Midfielder, Coy got his head on a Millers free kick but it looped over Cameron Mason in Chesterfield’s goal and it allowed them a way back into the game.
The goal seemed to give Rotherham impetuous and Mason was forced into action again as he superbly saved twice to deny the visitors attack.
Half time came at a good time for the Spireites as it allowed them to regroup and they came out firing in the second half.
The impressive Daswell put Chesterfield back ahead within the first minute of the restart and only three minutes later they extended it as a Rotherham defender put the ball past his own goalkeeper.
The youngsters were in the ascendancy and as the Millers started to commit men forward, the Spireites did well to keep possession and eventually hit a deserved fourth.
Walshaw turned sharply in the box and was tripped, picked himself back up to smash home the penalty to seal a comfortable victory.
After the game, manager Mark Smith was delighted with his side’s victory. He said: “I thought we were superb. We had to ask three of four of the players who played 120 minutes the other day to come in and play again and I thought they were excellent.
“Some 16-year-olds have come in and done really well. It shows that there is actually life in the academy and that’s the most pleasing thing.
“I thought we bossed the first half, moved it well and created some good chances. The second half we had a great start and that set the tone for the half and I thought we did well.
“We’ve scored a few goals now so I hope that might be the turning point of the season.”
Chesterfield: Cameron Mason, Joe Massey, Luke Randle, Oliver Brock, Jamie McNicholas, Laurence Maguire, Joe Bayne (Jake Hudson 89'), Mason Coy, Jake Beasley (Curtis Morrison 61'), Martell Daswell (George Milner 69'), Jordan Walshaw
Subs not used: Tom Jarrald, Brad Holmes.
Goals: Chesterfield Youth (Walshaw 20’, 89’, Daswell 46’, OG 49’) 4 – 1 Rotherham Youth (Mason Coy OG, 35’)