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Youth Team Win at Local Rivals

17 July 2016

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The youth team continued their preparations for the new season with a 3-1 win at Sheffield United yesterday.

In the match played at United's academy, the young Spireites took a 3-0 lead, with Ricky German scoring twice, before conceding a goal and then holding on for the victory.

Describing the action, academy manager Mark Smith said: "The first ten minutes was ebbing and flowing and then we took the lead. They were trying to play out from the back and we put pressure on the lad who over-hit the back-pass and the ball went past the keeper and into the net.

"We then had some good opportunities but didn't make the most of them before Ricky (German) did what he does. He got Owen Darwent into a shooting position and his effort was parried by the keeper with Ricky following up for the tap-in. 

"About five minutes later, the ball was played through the middle, Ricky spun away from the centre-back and as the keeper advanced, he slipped the ball past him. Then we conceded a goal right on half time which could have made life difficult for us."

An enforced change was made at half time after German picked up a knock, leading to a change of style. "When we haven't got Ricky in the team, we lose a bit of thrust down the middle," said Smith. "Joel Phillips, who's one of the first-year scholars, went on and we had to try and adjust our style, playing the ball to feet because we didn't have the pace to get in behind. Generally we were comfortable and kept them at bay."

Smith was delighted with his team's performance. He said: "It was fantastic. There's a bit of work to do on certain positional play, but generally we thoroughly deserved the win.

"It's very much a case of trying the manage the players by getting the balance right between training and playing matches."

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