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Youth Team United in Albion

2 January 2015

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After a fortnight without a match the Chesterfield youth team return to action with a league fixture away at Burton Albion on Saturday morning.

The Spireites flew into Christmas in fine form, beating Aston Villa in the FA Youth Cup and backing that success up with 4-2 league win over York City.

Looking to maintain that impressive momentum into 2015 coach Mark Smith reflected on a strangely muted two week stretch for his side.

He said: "The kids have had a chance to recharge their batteries a little bit and they've had some time off. We've done a bit of training in between and then we've got back into the training properly in the last two days.

"The game's come a little sooner than we we thought, usually you get at least a week to re-acclimatise with your training before the games get under way again.

"Hopefully we'll get going well again. We've got a few missing with illnesses picked up over the Christmas period, so we'll go there with a slightly different look to the team and what we need to be doing now is starting the next part of the season positively with a good result."

Smith explained that it's not been easy to get his players back up to speed but that his side will be fighting to get the new year going on the right note.

He said: "It's difficult and all you can do is try and explain to the kids what it's all about and try and hit the ground running.

"Everyone else is in the same boat, I was speaking to the manager at Burton and he was saying their lads didn't come back until today [Friday], so no one's been training with the same intensity. 

"However, I do think it's important that the lads are given a rest, recharge and are ready for the games from now until the end of the season."

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