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Youth Team Match Postponed

23 January 2015

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The Chesterfield youth team's home league match with Grimsby Town, scheduled for Saturday at 11am, has been postponed due to the state of the pitch.

Smith’s side were hoping to get back to winning ways following their exit from the FA Youth Cup at the hands of Leicester City on Monday, but the weather has meant that it will not be possible.

“We can’t dwell on the game at Leicester,” said Smith. "It is disappointing to have this game called off but it was expected with the state of the pitches. We’ll look to get a game arranged for next week so we can get back on the horse and try and get going again.

“We’ll then be looking forward to the game the following Saturday, but one way or the other we will have a game next Saturday and look forward to that.”

The recent flurry of snow around the country has seen the youth team's training schedule tampered with, with only limited football possible due to the frost.

Smith said: “The weather has made training difficult. We've needed to show a little bit of imagination because we don’t want to move too much away from what we are trying to do on a regular basis, but it is difficult when you haven’t got the facilities. 

“A lot of it is calling in favours from friends within the game. We went up to Sheffield United’s indoor area on Wednesday which meant we got two hours which was good.”  

Speaking about the defeat to Leicester City, Smith believes that the squad can take positives from the narrow loss.

He said: “At the end of the day we weren’t going to win the FA Youth Cup and to be honest we should be getting beaten by category one teams when we are category three. 

"The thing that disappointed me was that we didn’t give them the game which we know we could have, but I think that we can take positives from that we didn’t get beaten by much.

“Getting beaten by just a goal is a positive in itself, hopefully we’ll be able to take what we've learned from the game into the rest of the season."

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