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Youth Team Gear-up for Bantams Clash

14 August 2015

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After suffering a narrow first-day-back loss at Scunthorpe United last weekend the Spireites youth team return home with a match against Bradford City on Saturday morning.

However, the match - which kicks-off at 11am - will be far from easy, with last season's league winners Bradford City the first visitors for the youth team at Staveley.

Speaking before the match, academy manager Mark Smith feels his side have what it takes to get back on the horse after last weekend's slender loss.

He said: "Second half we did really well last week, so hopefully we'll be able to take that into this week's game. It will be tough as they actually won the league last year. 

"We're beginning to find our feet a little bit now and training's been better this week and we've had a few injuries back, so now we're all focused and looking forward to the game."

Early in the season and with a necessarily much-changed squad, Smith says he is starting to get an idea about the strengths of his squad and how to utilise the young players' talents.

"Teams evolve during the training sessions and players play themselves in and then play themselves out of your plans, as well as having injuries suspensions and things like that.

"But generally you do realise and know what your strongest 11 is and you work with that. We're still finding out exactly what our best side is, we're not quite there yet, and while some areas of the pitch are getting sorted, others still need some attention."

With the tough Bantams challenge set, Smith and his squad are now ready to show what they can do: "We're looking forward to it, it's our first proper game at Staveley and there should be a decent atmosphere there. We'll be getting used to our new surroundings there.

"Every week we're getting a little bit fitter and now we have the chance to go out there and do our best against another good side."

All Spireites fans are welcome to attend the match at Staveley MWFC's Inkersall Road match. The match starts at 11am and admissions costs £2/1.

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