Academy coach Dylan Kerr, was left frustrated after the youth team’s unbeaten run came to an end at the Proact yesterday.
Kerr’s men suffered a 0-1 defeat to local rivals Mansfield Town, in a game that was fairly even.
Speaking to Player HD, Kerr said: “It’s disappointing especially after coming into the game off the back of a five game unbeaten run.
“Obviously you want to keep that run going, and I thought we’d got the momentum to keep that run going until the end of the season.
“They only had a couple of chances, Brad Jones didn’t have many saves to make, they had one shot and scored and we didn’t even trouble their goalkeeper.”
With the youth team missing Dylan Hand and Owen Darwent through injury, the likes of Alex Phillipson and Luke Rawson made the step up from the U16s into the match day squad.
Those players along with the likes of Robbie Foster, Jack Holmes and Jamie Sharman, will all take up two-year scholarships from next season, and the experience of the match at the Proact will give them a good idea of what to expect during that time.
“We’ve got a good bunch of first year scholars and we’ve had a chat with them after the game about what’s expected,” said Kerr.
“I’d have liked to have kept everybody on who’d started, but we had to change tactically a little bit so we could force our way into the game.
“But we’ve got some tall lads, a quick striker, and I’m looking forward to seeing them join the club next season and hopefully they can progress and maybe 18-months / two years down the line we’ll have professionals out of them.”
Next up for the youth team is a home fixture with Rotherham United next Saturday, April 8, the first of their five remaining games in the EFL Youth Alliance.
And Kerr has challenged his squad to get back to winning ways quickly.
He added: “We’re trying to finish as high as we can, I’m always the optimist and up until last Saturday I felt we had a good chance of doing that, because, we’ve got a good bunch of lads with a good work ethic.
“Today we got beaten by the team who’re top of the league, but I’m going to ask these guys to go out and win games.
“It’s not all about winning at this level, it’s about wanting to improve, and if you do that you’ll win games because of that work ethic and will to win.
“We’ve got five games left, and there’ll be a lot more of the U16s playing, let’s see if we can turn it back to a winning run.”