This past weekend Chesterfield's academy took part in the annual Keith Alexander Tournament, hosted by Lincoln City.
The academy entered teams across various age groups, with the U14s winning their tournament. Jordan Butler, the coach of the team that day, wrote the following report regarding the players success.
The first game on reflection was one of the best performances of the tournament which saw us actually lose 1-0, which sums up tournament football sometimes.
The following game was an end-to-end game which saw us take a narrow 1-0 victory and manage the game extremely well.
After another two victories by one goal and some solid defensive play we had one group game remaining which saw us needing ten goals to go through to the semi-finals.
Being 6-0 up after eight minutes the impossible seemed possible, with Kian Tansley, Tom Wood and Will Russ sharing the goals we ended the game 10-0.
The semi-final needed some great defending from Finlay Smith and Matt Simmons to keep us in the game but we always looked a threat going forward with Ant Baker creating chances. We needed penalties to go through and a chance for Jake Allen to be a hero in the sticks. With three saves from Jake and four perfect spot kicks we were through to the final.
Being the only age group to make it out of the group the pressure mounted. The final was a nervy end-to-end game. Hull City took a 1-0 lead and looked to manage the game until Kian delivered a low ball for Will to slide the ball away which would take us to penalties again.
After four penalties each it was four apiece until 'keeper Jake became the hero again with a splendid low right-hand save, it was down to Will to smash the ball into the top right-hand corner.
Chesterfield U14s were the 2016 Keith Alexandar Memorial champions!
A special mention to the two U13s who were part of the team: Jacob Barras and Lewis Austin-Scorer, who playing up an age group, were an integral part of the success of the team.