Mark Smith’s youth team continued their impressive run of form with a 4-2 win against York City in the league, following up against their victory over Aston Villa in the FA Youth Cup.
Goals from Mason Coy, Tope Fowodu, Joe Massey and Laurence Maguire earned the Spireites the points and coach Smith spoke about a pleasing first half to the season.
“We weren’t at our best on Saturday,” said Smith. “I half expected that because we made a lot of changes, there were a few injuries and illnesses and last minute drop-outs so I didn’t think we’d be at our best.
"What this group has got a lot of is the will to win and they’ll win games by hook or by crook.
“It wasn’t the prettiest thing to watch but the main aim of Saturday’s game was to put an end to the first half of the season, finish it with a win and then when we can have a couple of weeks where there are no games, get over the Christmas period and regroup for a busy period in January.
“We’ve got the Midland Floodlit Cup semi-final to fit in, we’ve got the Leicester City game in the FA Youth Cup and we’re about four or five games behind everybody else in the league so we need to go on a run and get ourselves back at the top of the league if we can.”
Smith says that the side has been buoyed by their recent run of form and that confidence is high.
He said: “With winning games you get more confident. You then seem to get on a run. What we could be guilty of earlier in the season is going on a run and then lacking a bit of consistency, losing a couple games and then having to go and pick it back up again.
“Through December and November as well we had a lot of games that were called off. The last league game I remember was Hartlepool and that seems ages ago. The rest of the time we’ve had cup games and cancellations.
“They’ve deserved a positive result because the results have been really good over this period and we didn’t want to go into Christmas feeling a bit deflated through not playing well or not winning games so we’ve taken care of that.
"They can give themselves a pat on the back, have a little bit of a rest over Christmas, recharge their batteries and then go again in January.
The next game after the new year for Smith’s side will be against Burton Albion on Saturday, January 3 and the manager is confident that they can get the result they need if they prepare in the right way.
“The momentum is massive but it takes care of itself. The results build confidence and from confidence you get that run of games where you seem to win when you’re not playing at your best or something goes in your favour, and I think that comes through the confidence you get from winning games.
“We’ve got to sit down, figure out why it went so well and then go out and try to reproduce that again between January and the end of the season.
"The pressure is off now but what we are doing is building up to start again because when we start again we have to hit the ground running.”