The youth team lost 3-1 to Hartlepool United in the Youth Alliance Cup on Saturday as their slow start to the season continued.
Trailing 3-0, the Spireites pulled one back in the second half after a Pools defender put through his own net after George Lynam flicked on a header from a corner.
Academy manager Mark Smith voiced his frustration about the start of the season for the youth team.
“We’ve struggled from day one really,” he said. “We have a problem in that we can’t defend properly and we don’t do what we can to protect our goalkeeper at times.
“Attack-wise we’re not too bad, we drew a blank a little bit on Saturday but the damage is done when you can’t keep a clean sheet – and that’s the way it’s going at the moment.
“We make poor decisions at times and have some bad luck. We’ve had a few meetings to talk about it and hopefully things will change. We’re trying our best and working hard and we’re hopeful that things will turn around”
Looking to put things right, Smith explained how the coaching team will work hard to attempt to get the season up and running.
He said: “The easiest thing to do would be to bring in some new players, but with the scholarship programme it doesn’t work like that. You work with the players that you’ve got because you’ve committed to them.
“What we need to do is work harder on the defending and the places where we’re struggling right now. The players can then learn from the training sessions and take it into the games programme.
“We’ll keep going and will keep doing what we can to find some improvement in the team.”