The Spireites' DCFA Senior Challenge Cup campaign came to an end at the quarter final stage last night as a youthful Chesterfield XI lost 3-1 at Glossop North End.
The match was postponed due to a frozen pitch the previous week and with the first team in Sky Bet League 1 action against another North End, Preston, on the same night, the youth team fulfilled the fixture for the club.
After Glossop had taken the lead in the first half, the Spireites struck back through defender Joe Massey, but eventually ended up with nine men and a 3-1 defeat.
Academy manager Gerry Carr evaluated the performance and was largely pleased with how the young side coped with the difficult task of facing a men's team.
"I think from a learning perspective it was very good," explained Carr. "They were playing against a men's non-league team who are doing very well in their league.
"Even though we lost the game on the night I think our lads stood up to them very well and five or six of them certainly showed me that they were more than capable of performing at an adult level - and that included a couple of the first years.
"Their first goal was a fluke in my view - a cross that flew into the top corner - and from then on we showed great character and dominated the game for a spell. We stood up to them and then scored an excellent goal and created a couple of chances.
"It was a complete youth team that went there while they had some very experienced players, so from our perspective it was about seeing who could stand up to that sort of football.
"The second goal we conceded was very poor, it was straight from a corner, so after showing the character to equalise that deflated the players a little bit."
With 15 minutes left on the clock, a poor challenge from captain Laurence Maguire reduced the Spireites to ten men, and in the ensuing dispute Joe Marshall also received his marching orders.
"The game became a bit farcical late on," said Carr. "Laurence Maguire's red card was probably justified as he followed through with the second foot, which in today's game you can't do.
"A bit of a melee followed from there and for some unknown reason Tom Marshall, who was holding the football, was given a red card.
"However, we'll take the positives out of the night, carry on and look forward to our game against Rotherham United on Saturday.
Chesterfield: Wright (gk), Hudson, Holmes, Maguire, Massey, Walshaw, Coy, Sugden, Daly, Marshall, Beesley