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Hull City up Next for Youth Team

27 February 2015

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Having gone joint top of the table with Wednesday's 2-0 win over Grimsby Town, the Spireites' youth team host Hull City on Saturday morning.

The match kicks-off at 10:30am at Langer Lane, with all supporters welcome to come along and support the side. There is no charge for admission.

Hull City are not far behind the Spireites in the table, and with postponements meaning the matches are now coming thick and fast, youth team coach Mark Smith has few injuries but suspensions to captain Laurence Maguire and midfielder Tom Marshall to worry about.

"It can work both ways," says Smith of the quick-fire nature of recent fixtures. "It hasn't hindered us up to now because we haven't got many injuries.

"We have the two lads suspended, which kicked-in on Wednesday and means they'll also miss the game on Saturday and then next week against Notts County.

"In a way that does hurt us a little bit because we've got the likes of Hull, who are one of the stronger teams in the league, and then we've got Notts County home and away.

"You want what's seen as your strongest team available, so that could hurt us. But generally it hasn't made us changed our training patterns too much and the results haven't suffered."

Now in a strong league position, Smith knows that his players will now have to raise their performance levels even higher to maintain top spot in the division.

"We've just put more emphasis on the games," he said. "A level of performance, with all respect, to beat Grimsby Town probably isn't going to be enough to beat Hull City.

"It's human nature, I think the kids will be up for it more, even though you ask them to treat every game the same. That doesn't happen - it doesn't happen in the professional game either - someone will give more against Manchester United than they will against Rochdale on a Tuesday night.

"So I'm expecting the level of performance to lift, just because it's Hull City and the players see it as a tough game and I just try and put it into their heads that we have a difficult couple of weeks coming up and they need to be ready for that."

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