The Spireites played well but lost 1-0 at the King Power Stadium to Leicester City in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup.The hosts lead at half time thanks to a strong low shot from Keenan King, and despite plenty of chances that goal was to prove the difference, ending the Spireites' impressive FA Youth Cup run for this season.
Chesterfield, their white kit shining under the bright King Power Stadium floodlights, were struggling to win possession early on, their category A opponents showing the reason for their status.
The first ten minutes were without a chance however, but 12 minutes in the Foxes created an opening and King took it clinincally, lashing home a smart low drive from 15 yards that gave 'keeper Myles Wright no chance.
Conceding an early lead, the Spireites started to find their feet in the fourth round encounter, right back Joe Massey whipped in a super cross that Tope Fowodu attacked, but a covering defender was just able to beat the Chesterfield striker to the ball.
Matty Miles hit the Chestefield woodwork with a well-struck freekick, that 'keeper Wright also got an impressive hand to.
The Spireites were improving and Mason Coy went close for the visitors as he curled in a good freekick from the left edge of the box, well saved by Smith-Varnham.
Either side of that effort Layton Ndukwu had rattled Wright's woodwork with a 30 yard and then 25 yard strikes, with Chesterfield going in at half time satisfied to be trailing by just the one goal.
The Spireites came out in the second half with a new 4-5-1 and a heightened attacking threat. Midfielder Lewis Sugden curling a long range effort narrowly over before substitute Martell Daswell danced through the box before slashing a great opportunity wide of the near post.
The Foxes soon gained their composure and restarted their push for a second goal, Danny Rowe forcing Wright into a good low save.
The Spireites, however, were still showing enough flashes to provide hope of a comeback, and Curtis Morrison went close running onto a good high through ball, buy the effort was bravely deflected narrowly over the bar by a lunging Leicester defender.
The game increasingly even as the sand trickled away, but the Spireites were struggling to create a clear opening and though Kabine Dumbaya came on and added a more physical presence the trip back to Derbyshire was to be made with Chesterfield no longer in the FA Youth Cup.
Leicester City: Smith-Varnham (gk), Johnson, Chilwell (c), Choudhury, Moore, Kipre, Ndukwu (Bailey 90'), Miles, King, Rowe, Fox
Subs not used: Knight, Yates, Barnes, Muskwe
Leicester CIty: King 12'