The Spireites youth team secured a 4-3 victory over Nottingham Forest in a friendly match away from home earlier today.
Jack Lester was also there in his role as the Forest under 18s coach and witnessed as a Tom Marshall penalty and goals from Curtis Morrison, Ricky German and Joe Rowley made sure the team got back to winning ways after a younger version of the side lost 2-0 at Lincoln earlier in the week.
Academy manager Mark Smith was impressed with his side’s performance: “We were brilliant to be fair. We were invited down and we don’t have a game this weekend so it fell nicely.
“We went 1-0 up from Marshall's penalty before we gifted them a sloppy goal to make it 1-1 before conceding again, going into half time 2-1 down.
“We got into the dressing room at the break and I thought we’d done okay. We just had to be a little bit more careful in certain areas of the pitch, which we were in the second half.
“We started really well second half and got on top. Curtis (Morrison) intercepted a back pass and went round their ‘keeper to make it 2-2.
“Ricky German then scored to put us back into the lead, after some great work from Jake Hudson. He managed to get to the byline and put the ball across and Ricky just swept it in. We then conceded again and it was all even again at 3-3.
“We managed to snatch a late goal through Rowley with about five minutes to go, putting up 4-3 up.
“I thought it was thoroughly deserved. We have some good kids and we’ve found that out before when we’ve played category one and two academies because they give you a little bit of extra time to play and that suits our lads. We’ve got some players who can play.
“Overall, it was a great experience, great exercise for us and it keeps us nicely ticking over ready for next week.”
Chesterfield: Parkin (gk), Randall, Smith, Marshall, Lynam, Rowley, Jarrald, Keillor-Dunn, German, Morrison
Subs: Milner, Wakefield, Thistlewaite, Taylor, Jones