Chesterfield's youth team gained a 2-1 league win away at Grimsby Town, with Jake Beesley grabbing both goals.Coach Mark Smith was delighted with the victory, but conceded that his side were far from their best.
He said: "We weren't as good as we have been recently, and I thought we were quite fortunate to be honest. But what they did show was a lot of spirit, because we were 1-0 down and we weren't playing very well.
"Too many people were having off days, but we still managed to come back, get to 1-1 and then push on and get the winner."
The young Spireites went behind in the game, and Smith felt the side needed some tinkering to get back into things.
Smith said: "We went 1-0 after about 20 minutes, and I thought at the time that we would struggle from there. Jake Beesley scored for us and we went in level at half time.
"In the second half we had to change things and it's hats off to the kids for fighting through."
The team also faced the setback of having to switch their goalkeeper midway through the match.
Smith said: "We had to replace the goalkeeper at half time with Liam Gilbourne, an under 16, coming in.
"He didn't let us down, we protected him quite well as a back four in front and didn't give him a lot to do."
Late on, Beesley scored his second of the game to grab the win for the youth team.
The coach said: "Beesley missed a couple of good chances in the second half, but then he scored from a well-worked free kick with about five minutes to go.
"We did okay in the second half, without reaching the heights that I know we're capable of."
Chesterfield: Smith (Gilbourne), Hudson, Holmes, Maquire, Massey, Randall (Ovenden), Sugden, Coy, Walshaw (Morrison), Fowodu, Beesley.
Subs not used: Jarrald, Ozcan.