Chesterfield’s youth team bounced back from a disappointing 2-1 loss against Burton Albion with a 1-0 cup victory against Scunthorpe following a goal from Jake Beesley.
The lads will be hoping they can set an example for the senior squad, who face Scunthorpe in the JPT on Tuesday.
Youth team coach Mark Smith was pleased with a solid performance from his side.
He said: “Scunthorpe are one of the stronger teams so it sets a good benchmark for us. We were at it from minute one. We played well, looked aggressive, quick and we were very sharp.”
Despite a good performance, Smith thought his team could have been better in front of goal.
He said: “The only thing I would say is that we need to be more ruthless and when we get ahead we need to take advantage. We could have been two or three goals up before we scored.”
Scunthorpe had a penalty appeal that could have resulted in an equaliser.
Smith said: “While it’s only 1-0, you’re always still open to a sucker-punch. There was a penalty appeal as well and a couple of goal-mouth scrambles we did really well to defend.
“We totally dominated the game, we just need to be more ruthless and we’ll try and put that into practice this week.”
Beesley grabbed the winning goal after some good build up play. Tope Fowudu played Beesley in and the young forward bravely beat the on-rushing keeper to the ball and rolled it into an empty net.
The next fixture is away at Lincoln in the league, a game Smith is confident the Spireites can do well in.
He said: “I expect us to go to every team and win, that’s the kind of pressure that’s on these kids but they’ve built that up themselves by showing me that’s what they’re capable of.”