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Youth Team Share Spoils with Burton Albion

14 September 2015

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It was a bittersweet day for the Chesterfield youth team on Saturday, gaining their first point of the season in a 2-2 tie with Burton Albion - but only after losing a two-goal half time lead.

Tom Marshall scored a freekick and George Milner kept his impressive goal-laden start to the season going with a first half second, before a pair of headers after the inteval brought the Brewers back level.

Academy manager Mark Smith was at least happy to have something to build on: "We got our first point, so it's onwards and upwards from here. It was a game which we should have won but it was a proverbial game of two halves."

"We raced into a 2-0 lead and in between times we also missed a penalty as well, I think to have got a third one would have wrapped the game up. The goals we scored were good: a great freekick from Tom Marshall and the second was a really well-worked goal.

"The pleasing thing about that is that in the module work that we do, the first module we've studied was built around the technical side of receiving the ball and involved combination play - and our second goal on Saturday was a perfect example of what we've been working at."

The job for the youth team now is to build on the positives during a week of training before the return to action next weekend.

Smith continued: "The goals that we conceded were down to individual errors on defending set plays and crosses. They were two free headers, right in the middle of the box, where you expect people to be marking. 

"These things happen, we missed a few chances ourselves to put the game to bed and we paid the price. We were close to getting the three points and will be working hard ahead of the trip to Lincoln on Saturday."

Chesterfield: Parkin (gk), Smith, Marshall, Thistlethwaite, Daly, Greaves, Rowley, Lynam, Milner, German, Daswell

Subs: Darwent, Taylor, Ovenden, Spencer, Randle

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