Chesterfield’s youth team face Rotherham United at Clay Cross today, 11am, as they look to bounce back, after defeat to Mansfield Town last time out.
The fixture at the Proact saw next year’s scholars play with the soon to be second year scholars, and academy coach Dylan Kerr says that he’s seen signs that they are beginning to gel.
“We have got five games left and we want to get that understanding there in terms of how they all play and what characters they are on the field and what strengths and what weaknesses they’ve got,” the coach stated.
The young Chesterfield side will have been boosted this week by the success story of Joe Rowley, who signed his first professional contract, and Kerr called on his players to use him as an inspiration.
He continued: “We will see their characters now; their inspiration should be the lads who have got pro contracts this week that is the benchmark for them.
“That is where their focus should be every single day while they are at Chesterfield. We’ve got scholars through on professional contacts this year which is fantastic for the football club and it carries on that tradition of getting youngsters through the ranks.”
The youth team beat Lincoln City 6-1 in a friendly on Thursday evening, and they’re confident of getting their form back on track going into the clash with the Millers, a side who they beat away from home at the beginning of the season.
Kerr said: “I know their academy manager is very strong with the players and he will want them to win, as we do to obviously.
“We have had two blips in these last two games against Hartlepool United and against Mansfield so it will not be about what Rotherham can do, it will be about what our reaction will be to those matches.”