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Youth Team to Host York City

19 December 2014

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After the amazing Aston Villa game in the FA Youth Cup, the youth team will look to get their feet back on the ground and hit it running when they host York City on Saturday.

After their 3-2 comeback win over the Premier League side the young Spireites will face further top flight opposition in the shape of Leicester City in the next round.

The fourth round match will kick-off at 7pm at the Foxes' King Power Stadium on Monday, January 19.

However, before that, attention returns to the league and youth team coach Mark Smith is not letting his players get carried away.

He said: "It's very easy, we don't expect the players to use the Villa game as the pinnacle and end of their season but instead to see it as the start.

"They've got to go and build on that game now. A lot of people will have recognised the result, and I'm sure York will have seen it and will now want to try that bit harder to beat us."

Far from focusing on the cup triumph, Smith feels that the youth team players need to look at the bigger picture and the eventual individual goals that the players need to aim for.

He said: "We want to be stretching and striving to get better and probably the thing we need to be looking at now as a team is to try and win the league.

"That won't be easy, but it's up to the kids. We try and put the onus on them and they've done well up to now, but that's only up to now and we need to continue to the end of the season.

"The main aim is for the kids to push on and get towards the first team. That's the big thing that we're looking for - it's a slow process but we're doing our best to get there."

While the result in the FA Youth Cup grabbed the headlines, Smith recognises that there remain areas where improvements are possible.

He said: "We've done some analysis on the Villa game, and that was quite interesting. We could see that in some parts we were top-notch and put in a good performance, but there were other bits that we can improve upon, so we've been trying to get that across to the lads.

"We've been saying that the first chance we have to improve on those parts is against York at home on Saturday."

The match will kick-off at 11am at the changed venue of Hasland Cylinders Sports Ground (postcode: S41 0TS) and all fans are invited to attend, with free entry.

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