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Bradford YTH 4 - 1 Chesterfield YTH

24 February 2014

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Chesterfield’s academy side slipped to a disappointing 4-1 away defeat to Bradford City on Saturday after three first-half goals left the young Spireites with a mountain to climb.

The Spireites started the game poorly and soon found themselves a goal behind early on as they struggled to cope with a strong oncoming wind during the first-half.

Bradford twice increased their lead before the break, as the conditions caused yet more problems for Chesterfield who often found themselves chasing the ball despite their best attempts to clear against the oncoming wind.

The team struggled to come to terms with the weather conditions and the ball was often brought straight back over the players’ heads.

At the start of the second-half, with the advantage of the wind, Chesterfield were given a glimmer of hope when Fabian Johnson scored within the first five minutes of the half to make the score 3-1.

It was hoped that the goal would kick-start the visitors’ improbable comeback. However, this was not to be and another goal on the counter attack from the Bantams killed the game off for Chesterfield who were now playing for pride and looking to avoid an even heavier defeat.

A number of chances followed for both sides late on in the game, but the conditions became increasingly tough to battle against, and the opportunities went begging much to the disappointment of both teams.

The game eventually ended 4-1 in favour of the Bantams, who completed the double over Chesterfield after a 2-0 victory away from home earlier on in the season.

After the game, coach Mark Smith said: “It was a tough game for us, really. We failed to cope with a strong wind that we were kicking into in the first-half and we just didn’t do the right things.

“We conceded three poor goals which left us with a mountain to climb, and even though we did get one back in the second-half, the comeback didn’t materialise and we conceded again off a counter attack. All in all, it wasn’t a good day at the office.”

The Spireites will now be looking to bounce back from the defeat as they face Burton Albion at home on Saturday.

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