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Youth Team Cup Preview

3 November 2014

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Tonight the Chetsterfield youth team make their entrance into the Youth Cup with a match against Stocksbridge Park Steels at the Proact Stadium.

The clash kicks off at 7pm, with all fans welcome to attend. Entrance costs £3 for adults and £1 for concessions, payable at the turnstiles.

Those unable to make the match can follow Twitter and Facebook updates from the match as well as being able to watch video reaction after the game.

Prior to the game coach Mark Smith talked though the preperations his side have gone through for the cup fixture.

He said: "We've been trying to prepare like it's a normal game, even though I know it's not a normal game and the kids don't see it as a normal game.

"We'll do our stuff as if we're preparing for a league game and hopefully this preperation will give us enough to have a good chance of winning the game."

Smith explained how his inexperienced players see the competition.

He said: "it's very important, the kids who are involved in it see it as one of their biggest games of the season so we've got that expectation to be dealing with.

"Really, it's like any cup competition- and we want to go as far as we can."

The match is designed to give the young players a taste of life as a professional, and Smith says that the palyers' reaction to the big stage is a big factor to deal with.

He said: "I think it affects them a lot. I've been involved in the Youth Cup for many years and I always think that it's not about the performance you put in it's about how the kids react to the occasion.

"Some of our kids actually played last season on the pitch, so they do have a little bit of experience.

"They're on the first team pitch, in the first team changing rooms and under the floodlights, but what we've got to do is treat it as a normal game.

"I have seen teams before where the occasion gets to them and they don't perform. Because it's something a little bit different the players then take it on as something different and don't really focus on what they should be doing.

"I'm as confident as I can be. What we do as a staff is do things right- but it's about the kids on the night. We'll try and do things properly and hopefully the players will buy into it and join in.

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