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YOUTH TEAM: Spireites Beat Worksop in Friendly

23 September 2016

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With a weekend off from league action, the youth team faced-off against Worksop Town under 21s in a friendly on Thursday night, winning the game 1-0.

The win came thanks to a cooly dispatched penalty from Joe Rowley. It came after Rowley had been hauled down in the penalty area and his successful spot-kick gave the young Spireites a much deserved win. 

The day's only disappointment came as goalscorer Rowley came off injured late on in the game, with the extent of his injury yet to be determined. 

Academy manager Mark Smith spoke of how well his young players performed despite some challenging circumstances: “It was a different challenge to what we have had in previous weeks with Worksop playing a number of over-age players, which is normal for some sides. 

“Our boys were playing against slightly older players than in some instances, we started a few under 16s in the side such as Brandon Howard and Alex Phillipson who both done well, even though they were playing against players that were maybe two or three years older than them. This brings different challenges in regards to strength because you are having to cope with bigger, stronger and faster players.

“Overall it was a good game, although the pitch at Shirebrook isn't the best at the moment so it was lively to say the least, but the players coped with it quite well really.” 

Smith also commended the style of football as well as the win: “We played well throughout the game and created chances on a difficult pitch while playing good football. The pitch got the better of us a few times with our final delivery or our final shot, but we scored in the second half through Joe Rowley’s penalty. 

“It was clever build-up and was played though to Joel Phillips in the penalty area, he pinned the centre-back well and he tried to out muscle Phillips but you can’t do that in the penalty area and he was brought down.”

Chesterfield were without Forward Ricky German who made his first-team debut in the win against Northampton, while Irish duo Josh Tipping and Marc McKenna were on international duty with the Northern Ireland Under 17s. 

Chesterfield: Parkin (Jones), Howard, Phillipson, Hand, Fowler, Taylor, Brownell (Walker), Rowley, Sennett, Phillips, Rowellsen (Clairy) 

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