Chesterfield’s youth team are back in action today (11am) when they take on Grimsby Town at Clay Cross.
The Spireites will be looking to get back to winning ways following defeats to Mansfield Town and Rotherham United in their last two outings.
Academy coach Dylan Kerr said: “We’ve hit a bit of a blip over the last two games, but last week was expected as we had a young squad against Rotherham.
“We’ve still got four games left and we want to finish on a high, we’ll have no second-year scholars playing, our side will feature first-years and the U16s who’ll be making the step up in pre-season.
“Grimsby have a new academy manager in Neil Woods and he’ll want to put one over us after we beat his Walsall team in the FA Youth Cup earlier in the season. But I’m hoping that our first-year scholars and current U16s will go out and put on a good performance."
Meanwhile, Kerr spoke of his delight at Charlie Wakefield appearing on the first team bench for their match with Southend United yesterday.
And though Wakefield did not make it on to the pitch for the match with the Shrimpers, Kerr wants his rise through the ranks to serve as a bench mark for the rest of the academy.
He added: “Joe Rowley has done very well recently, while Jack Brownell and Charlie both made the squad for the Southend game.
“That’s all credit to them and it’s great! Now let’s hope the inspiration rubs off, especially Charlie as he’s only 16! If that’s not a big inspiration I don’t know what is.”