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YOUTH TEAM: Spireites Head to Rotherham

20 November 2015

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The Chesterfield youth team test their bouncebackability after last week's Notts County loss as they take on Rotherham United away on Saturday.

The loss ended an unbeaten streak stretching back six games, and was narrow, with the Spireites hitting the woodwork on multiple occasions on the way to a 3-2 Magpies defeat.

The match comes three days before the much-anticipated FA Youth Cup match with Sheffield United at the Proact on Tuesday, and academy manager Mark Smith is excited by both fixtures.

"It's a game we're very much looking forward to," he said. "It'll be another decent game for us, even if we do have half an eye on Tuesday night's fixture as well.

"That will mean that we'll be putting out a slightly younger team, but that will give us the chance to look at some of the 16-year-olds which will help us with where we're going in the future."

The young Spireites have scored in good numbers this year but Smith feels further solidity is required if his side are to increase their chances of winning on Saturday.

"We can score goals and we've known that all season," he said. "Looking at the game last week the reason we lost was that we didn't take our chances and score enough goals. 

"We've got things to work on in terms of concentration, finishing positions and organisation. We need to improve the defending and we'll be looking to go to Rotherham and be nice and solid."

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Four 16-year-olds will be involved in the match, two starting and two on the bench. The plan being to get them involved with the older players as the academy look ahead to who will be offered scholarships for next season.

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