Goals from Callum Greaves and Owen Darwent weren’t enough as Chesterfield Under 18s suffered their first defeat in seven, losing 3-2 to Notts County.It was a game of missed opportunities for the Spireites who had the best chances, but were unable to stamp their authority.
Mark Smith made four changes from the FA Youth Cup victory against Stourbridge. Harry Taylor, Tom Jarrald, Davis Keillor and Derek Daly replaced Luke Randle, Joe Rowley, Martell Daswell and Jay Smith.
Chesterfield started on the front foot with in-form striker George Milner going one-on-one with the Notts County 'keeper, but the youngster hit the post from just inside the area.
Shortly afterwards Ricky German also went close but his shot was, in the end comfortably saved by County goalkeeper Searson-Smith.
Milner was in the thick of things again, his quick feet were too much for the Notts County defence, the striker beat three defenders before stabbing his effort way over the bar.
With 20 minutes gone, Chesterfield were much the dominant team and German saw another chance go begging. Keillor found German lurking at the back post but the striker was unable to convert.
Despite all the dominance, it was Notts County who took the lead after Clayton-Naute was bundled over in the area. The winger stepped up and cooley slotted home the resulting penalty.
Before the half time interval, Chesterfield had another great chance to equalise. German was at the forefront of things, his well-timed back heel found Milner in the box, but the striker's attempt at goal was well saved.
Chesterfield’s bad day in front of goal continued. The ever-present German had two great chances to equalise. Firstly, the striker sent a great effort towards goal, but just scraped the far post. Five minutes later he was at it again and hit the post from just five yards out.
After all the Chesterfield chances, it was Notts County who took theirs. Defender Jordan Richards leaped well to send his header over the onlooking ‘keeper Parkin.
With the Spireites looking to get back into the game, manager Smith decided to make a double substitution. Curtis Morrison and Owen Darwent were thrown into the deep end to try and respond to the Magpies two goal advantage.
Morrison made an instant impact after only two minutes of coming on. The striker played through German in front of goal, but again the striker struggled to finish and hit wide of the far post.
Notts County striker Montel Gibson could have wrapped the game up with 20 minutes to go, but his free header was easily saved by Parkin.
With the clock ticking down, Chesterfield were pushing to get their goal and they finally got it through Darwent. Substitute Morrison played a lovely cross into the path of Darwent, who side-footed the ball into the back of the net.
However, Notts County were straight down the other end and scored from another corner. Harry Bugg restored their two goal advantage after the ball came off his stomach to then hit the back of the net.
Into injury time, the hosts grabbed a goal back. Callum Greaves managed to slot the ball into the empty net, but the response was too late as the visitors ran out 3-2 winners.
Chesterfield: Parkin, Hudson, Holmes, Jarrald, Taylor, Greaves, Marshall, Daly, Keillor, Milner, German
Subs: Spencer, Darwent, Smith, Lynam, Morrison
Notts County: Searson-Smith, Cobain, Layton, Brownhill, Richards, Bugg, Clayton-Naute, Wildin, Gibson, McMillan, Rutty-Smith
Subs: McCartney, Parkes, Howes, Dunn, Gibbons