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Youth Team Hope to Steal Win Over Magpies

6 March 2015

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The Youth team will be trying to maintain their position at the top of the league as they host Notts County in Chesterfield on Saturday morning.

The match will kick-off at 10:30am at Langer Lane (S40 2JW), with all Chesterfield supporters invited along to cheer on the next generation of Spireites talent. The match can be watched free of charge.

Sitting atop the division youth team coach Mark Smith spoke about the way he tries to motivate and prepare his side ahead of such crunch fixtures.

He said: "We try and paint pictures to the lads about how important it is to stay focused and try to get through to the end of the season with a big prize at the end of it.

"We've managed to get to a promising situation due to hard work, good players and organisation and so we're saying to them that it would be a shame to let that go now with the finishing post in sight.

"We think that the next four games are our toughest and could be the making of our season, then we might go into the last four games of the season, which seem more straight forward, knowing that we can win them.

"It's a tall order, but we've put them under pressure before and they've come up trumps and we're hopeful that will happen again."

Lying in wait, Notts County are without doubt one of the stronger teams in the league, and Smith spoke about what he expects from the Magpies on Saturday.

"There are teams in our league who are proper academy teams and they play out from the back," said Smith. "Even if they lose the ball, it's about making mistakes and learning from them.

"We go out looking to win the game because I think the kids then become more confident and the training improves too as a result.

"Notts County will be physical and they'll have some decent players because they have a good catchment area around Nottingham.

"We're expecting a different game, it might be a little bit more direct and physical and what we'll have to do is stand up to it and if we can do that and impose ourselves it's a game we can win."

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