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YOUTH TEAM: Milner Hat-trick Sees-Off Mariners

12 October 2015

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Striker George Milner stole the headlines on Saturday as his hat-trick saw the Spireites youth team's resurgent run continue with a 4-2 win at Grimsby Town.

Milner's three goals were supplemented by strike partner Ricky German's effort as the youth team raced into a 4-0 lead on the coast.

Two freakish second half goals gave the Mariners a more respectable showing on the scoreline, but were not enough to stop Chesterfield from stretching their unbeaten run to four games.

Academy manager Mark Smith fed back on a successful day's work: "I thought it was excellent and the lads are starting to show their full potential now, which is the pleasing thing, and some of the things that we are working on during the week is starting to show and pay off.

"George finished two of his goals extremely well and the other was quite fortunate, but he has to get into those positions to reap the benefits and that's what he did.

"He needs help with people to provide the chances for him and a couple of the assists were down to Davis Keillor who's just come in through the development group. He shows a very promising amount of potential and we're getting him in full time with us now to get himself fitter and stronger and then he's one who can unlock doors - and George benefited from that on Saturday.

The youth team struggled early on this season and opened their campaign with four losses, but since then have found a patch of form and a higher level of consistency, which Smith explained.

"Young lads are young lads and they can be up and down," he said."You're always striving for some consistancy but that can be difficult at that age. That's especially true at our level as if some of our players could find that consistancy they'd be playing at a higher level. 

"Their task now is to get themselves - with our help - to that next level and everything's going well at the moment.

"After a tricky start to the season we're now four games unbeaten and from the two draws we've had in that run we could have won at least one of them as well."

The youth team now travel to Nottingham on Tuesday for a friendly, with Smith commenting that the invitation alone shows that the academy is moving in the right direction.

"We go to Nottingham Forest tomorrow for a behind-closed-doors friendly. Forest came in and asked us for a game, which is good because it shows that we're doing something right."

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