The Chesterfield youth team overcame AFC Fylde 4-1 away from home to progress in the second round of the FA Youth Cup.A dominant performance secured the young Spireites's passage to the third round, where they will soon host Aston Villa at the Proact Stadium.
After a nervy start to the first half goals from Tope Fowodu and Jordan Walshaw sent the Spireites in two goals up at the break.
Hopes of a Fylde fightback were soon extinguished as Jake Beesley grabbed the game's third goal, and after the hosts pulled one back captain Lawrence Maguire rounded off the scoring with a header from a corner, his fifth goal in the last five games.
Academy director Gerry Carr was pleased with the result and the application his team showed to get past their lower-placed opposition.
He said: "It was a tough challenge against a very competitive side. Obviously, we're really pleased to past Fylde and now set up a tie with Aston Villa at home.
"The Villa match will be a good occasion for our lads to test themselves against a Premier League club and give us a gauge of where some of our boys are at."
According to Carr, avoiding the potential banana-skin posed by Fylde was down to hard work and meticulous preparation from his staff in the week before the match.
"I think it was similar to the first team a few weeks ago when they went down to Braintree. We prepared for it, we did everything right and Mark had the boys doing a couple of sessions a day and two days before.
"With no disrespect to Fylde, I said to the boys that we were better technically, we were fitter and stronger and the only way they could compete with us was from a mental side.
"I think once we got over that first twenty minute period the little bit of extra quality we had kicked in and we scored some wonderful goals on the night."
Instead of picking out individuals Carr felt the result came from a strong collective performance.
He said: "The team were generally very good and the team has consistent performers weekly. I couldn't say anyone particularly stood out because it was a good performance from everyone.
"Fowodu's first goal was very good and Walshaw scored an excellent second goal to give us a cushion. Beesley got the third and that's now 11 in 14 game for Jake in competitive games which is a fantastic record.
"Maguire then scored the fourth with a header, he's showing great leadership as the captain and we're really pleased with how all the lads are doing."
The third round match with Aston Villa is currently being organised and will take place on a date before December 20 at the Proact Stadium. Details of the match will be released once they are confirmed by the two clubs.