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First Victory for Youth Team

21 September 2015

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The Spireites youth team recorded their first victory of the season, beating Lincoln City 5-1 at Clay Cross Town's ground.

Ricky German scored twice for the young Spireites with Tom Jarrald, George Lynam and Derek Daly also on target.

German's goals came either side of the break, producing an emphatic finish and then finding the net following a low cross.

Lincoln pulled a goal back from the penalty spot before Jarrald restored Chesterfield's two-goal lead with a well-worked goal.

Lynam made it 4-1 to the Spireites and Daly rounded off the scoring with a fine left-footed finish.

Academy manager Mark Smith was pleased with the way his players responded after conceding a goal. He said: "Instead of going backwards then and drawing or losing we seemed to kick on after that and scored a really good goal to make it 3-1. From there the floodgates opened and we went 4-1 and 5-1 up.

"It was a good team performance. Jay Smith was solid and had a really good game at the back. He was dependable and I was really pleased with him. Tom Marshall did really well in midfield and I think Tom Jarrald has also come on well. He didn’t play a lot last season as a first year as Laurence Maguire was keeping him out of the team so he bided his time. 

"Everybody's chomping at the bit and we think our season has started. It’s up to the players now to get a bit of momentum going. There were some nice individual performances and they’ve put themselves under pressure because they need to reproduce that. 

"I think we’ve been competitive enough in every game we’ve played this season but we just haven’t been focused enough at the right time and everything seemed to fall into place on Saturday and it was really good. 

"We’ve got probably our toughest game of the season this Saturday against Doncaster so that’ll be a good gauge to see how far we’ve come. It will be a test because Doncaster aren't bad. Hopefully we’ll be a lot more confident than we were this time last week. A few of the lads have scored goals so they’ve got off the mark and now we’re just looking to kick on. I’ve put the players under pressure a little bit by saying we can go and win the league, which I think is doable."

Smith appreciated Clay Cross Town's help in staging the Lincoln match, which was originally due to be an away fixture. "I’d like to say a big thank you to Clay Cross Town, who helped us out at the last minute by letting us use their pitch and I thought it was immaculate," he said. "It was a really good surface and I think that helped us."

Chesterfield line-up: Parkin, Hudson, Randle, Marshall, Smith, Jarrald, Thistlethwaite, Daswell, Rowley, German, Milner.

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