The Chesterfield youth team twice came from behind to beat Burton Albion 4-2 last night in the Midland Floodlit Cup.The young Spireites trailed 1-0 at the break in the match played at Staveley Miners Welfare's Inkersall Road ground.
Tope Fowudu equalised around the hour-mark following a scramble in the penalty area.
Burton regained the lead but Chesterfield drew level again on around 75 minutes when Jake Beesley won and converted a penalty.
Lewis Sugden struck two late free-kicks to give Chesterfield victory.
Coach Mark Smith praised his team's strength of character. He said: "It wasn't a great performance but the lads showed great character and resilience to twice come from behind to win. It was good to see their never-say-die attitude, which they have in abundance.
"Lewis Sugden put his first free-kick in the top right-hand corner of the net and then scored with another free-kick in the opposite corner. That was pleasing to see as he has been working on that part of his game as part of his personal improvement plan, working on his strengths and weaknesses."
Line-up: Wright, Hudson (Ozkan), Holmes, Maguire Massey, Walshaw (Randle), Coy, Sugden, Daswell (Morrison), Beesley, Fowodu. Unused subs: Gilbourne, Jarrald