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YOUTH TEAM: Spireites Set For Grand Old Duke at York

16 October 2015

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The youth team travel north to York City on Saturday in a match originally scheduled to take place at home.

The match at the Minstermen's training ground (YO32 2RB) was switched as Staveley MWFC have a home match at Inkersall Road, where the youth team play their home matches.

Speaking about the match, academy manager Mark Smith spoke about York and the bigger long-term challenge facing his squad.

"We had games against them last season which were quite tough," he said. "We're going up to their place where the pitch is quite nice, so we have that to look forward to.

"It's not about the opposition though, it's about what we do. We're looking for our lads to keep developing and keep doing the right things.

"The big picture is not about beating York City or anyone in particular, it's about producing players and this is another opportunity for the players to show what they can do."

The recent upturn in youth team form is something that Smith says is helping to create knock-on positives for his side.

"It's a lot easier when you're winning games or are at least competitive," he explained. "We've gone on this four game run without losing and it helps gather confidence.

"If you can do that and the lads are looking forwards to each game on a Saturday and the standard of training sessions improves too.

"The players are more confident to try things and take risks, so the job now is to keep this run going as long as we can.

Team News

Jake Hudson remains out with an ankle problem, while Harry Taylor and Martell Daswell are out with injuries picked up on Thursday and will miss the game.

Curtis Morrison has returned to running this week and will progress to training with the group next week.

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