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Draw for Youth Team in Season Opener

8 August 2017

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The youth team came from behind on Tuesday afternoon to draw 1-1 with Mansfield Town in their opening game of the season.

In wet conditions at Rainworth, the young Spireites fell behind to a first-half penalty before drawing level after the break.

Conor Fowler scored from the spot for Chesterfield.

Academy manager Mark Smith delivered the following post-match verdict: "I thought it was quite a close game. They just edged it in the first half with a penalty which came about following a mistake. 

"We made a couple of changes at half time and got on top, which was really pleasing. I thought we then took over and spent a lot of time in their half of the pitch.

"We got back on level terms due to the application and attitude of Joe Phillips, who chased a lost ball and made it into a possible goalscoring chance which resulted in a penalty. Conor Fowler despatched it nice and confidently.

"We had a few half chances and they came back into it in the last five minutes or so.

"Overall, a draw was a fair result but I was really pleased with our second-half performance. We matched them physically, which was pleasing to see."

Spireites line-up: Jones, Ofoegbu, Sharman, Hand, Fowler, Holmes, Howard (Render), McKenna, Amantchi, Tipping (Phillips), Foster (Sennett)

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