After some encouraging recent results, the Chesterfield youth team lost 2-1 to Burton at the weekend.
Youth team head coach Mark Smith was disappointed that his young Spireites couldn’t make it two wins on the bounce after losing the match.
The youngsters have had a promising start after beating York City 4-1 and holding Mansfield to a draw, but couldn't build on that against Burton, according to Smith.
He said: “It was disappointing because we actually started well in pre-season and the first couple of league games, we’ve drawn a line under it already so hopefully we’ll get a positive outcome against Scunthorpe.
“We conceded a poor first goal, we were sloppy from the start and there was no intensity or tempo to the game.”
After conceding the first goal, Chesterfield pulled one back through a goalkeeping error. The Burton keeper spilled the ball into his own net from Derek Daly’s cross, however the young Spireites failed to push on and conceded from a corner.
Smith said: “The positives to take from the game were that Jake Beesley played well and Luke Randall was good.
“Compared to last season, the results have already been a lot better, the performances of individuals and the team as a whole have been good so far but hopefully the Burton game will be a reality check for the and we’ll bounce back against Scunthorpe.
“Scunthorpe are one of the better academies in this league but we’ve got more than enough to do well this season, the lads have looked chirpy in training the last couple of days and that’s the sort of good reaction I wanted.
“Through training we will put things right and proof will be in the pudding on Saturday.”