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YOUTH TEAM: Pools Preview

23 October 2015

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The Spireites youth team are five games unbeaten and this weekend host Hartlepool United at Staveley in their latest league match.

All supporters are welcome to the match at Inkersall Road - which kicks-off at 12pm - with no admission fee charged to fans at the game.

Academy manager Mark Smith spoke about his hopes for the weekend: "The hope is that we can carry on this decent bit of form that we're on at the moment. We've got a few injuries but that gives opportunities for other players to get involved and stake a claim for the shirt.

"The winning run makes it easier as the confidence gets higher and higher the more games you go undefeated. What we're trying to do now is marry the results with the performances, that's the next step.

"We won ugly last week, and that did show that we can also do that side of the game, so now we're looking to get the results while also improving the performances, both individually and collectively."

With two and half months of the season already gone, minds are starting to turn to the prospect of professional contracts and Smith fed back on how he sees his players progressing.

"Due to them being young and inconsistent the performances fluctuate," he explained. "One week we look at the team after a good performance and think there could be three or four that have a chance then the week after the performance might not be there and your estimate may come down to just one player.

"We're looking to make a pathway for a few of them to push on an get a few of them to interact with the first team where possible."

Team News

Jake Hudson is working towards fitness but won't be risked against the Pools while Derek Daly has a knee problem and Dan Thistlewaite has a back problem, both of which will keep them out of the game.

Davis Keillor has an illness that makes his chances of playing 50-50. Forward Curtis Morrison is back in training, but still some way from match fitness

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