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Youth Team Preview: Lincoln City

18 September 2015

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The youth team are back in action this weekend, and play Lincoln City at the unexpected home venue of Clay Cross Town's ground.

The match, which kicks-off at 11am, was scheduled to be played at Lincoln but after their pitch was deemed to be unready a late switch brought the match to Derbyshire instead.

With their usual home venue in Staveley being used and the club's training ground being fertilised over the weekend Clay Cross Town FC stepped in and the match will take place there, with Spireites supporters welcome.

Academy manager Mark Smith assessed his side as they go about trying to win their first game of the season: "We try our best and try to think of everything we can do as a coaching staff to try and stimulate performances and results and sometimes you see that working.

"This morning was one of the calmest training sessions we've had and it gave me a good feeling about Saturday's game. They had the right focus and you can see that we're not far away from where we want to be."

The young Spireites have scored goals aplenty this season, but losing a two goal lead in last Saturday's 2-2 draw with Burton Albion highlighted areas that can be improved.

"Watching the lads train this morning it's clear that we have some good players," said Smith. "Our job is to get them focused and to be prepared in the right ways to go out there and play.

"You are dealing with 16 and 17 year old kids so it doesn't come as a major surprise if they do lack consistency or make mistakes.

"Now we go into another game, the confidence feels high and with it being important to get that first win and then go on and win more - that's what the players have been charged with doing."

Team news

Defender Brad Holmes looks set to miss the game after being sent home from training on Friday with illness, while Callum Greaves will sit the match out after being sent for an X-ray on a calf injury sustained this week.

Attacker Curtis Morrison remains on the sidelines and is about three to four weeks away from a return from his metatarsal injury.

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