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Youth Team the Wind.

13 January 2015

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Despite being 2-0 to the good, the Chesterfield youth team's home match with Lincoln City was abandoned on Saturday due to high winds.

Jake Beesley had opened the scoring for the Spireites and Jordan Walshaw added a second directly from a corner, before 20 minutes in the referee deemed the conditions unplayable and called a halt to the match.

Coach Mark Smith spoke about the events of the morning, and felt that that referee had eventually got it right.

He said: "The referee, myself and the Lincoln coach did have a chat before the game because it was touch and go whether we started and the wind was clearly going to affect the game.

"We decided to give it as long as we could. We went 2-0 up and then the rain, sleet and hail came in and it was all shooting across the pitch - their goalkeeper couldn't even kick it out of his area, he'd kick it up in the air but it would just blow back over his head and go out for a corner.

"You get nothing out of those kinds of games so, while it's a bit disappointing, at the end of the day the referee made the right decision because it was becoming a farce."

Attentions will now turn to the FA Youth Cup where the Spireites will travel to Leicester City's King Power Stadium to face off with the Foxes.

In the week before the youth team's latest big occasion, Smith explained how his side will prepare for the clash.

"We're going over to Sheffield United to play with their development squad," said Smith. "The game was set up for the lads who aren't playing on the Saturdays, but now what we'll do is get the team out and give them 45 minutes, which will be a start in the build-up to Leicester.

"Leicester is just another game for us, we've just got to prepare properly and I don't want the kids to be thinking anything else.

"Obviously, in their heads they'll be getting excited, but we'll just use it as another game and hopefully by the time we get to Monday we'll have everything in place and then it's game time and we'll see what happens."

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