When you’ve scored goals from midfield like Joe Rowley has this season, you’d think that the finishing aspect of his game would not be an area that requires much attention.
But Rowley is determined to add more goals to his game, as he bids to achieve his dream of earning a professional contract with the Spireites.
He said: “I’ve managed to get a few goals this season; against Lincoln (where the youth team won 9-0) I got four in one game! It included a perfect hat trick.
“After each training session we have 30 minutes to practice at what we’re not so good at, for me I’d say it’s my finishing. I’ve been doing that for a while, I mainly work on it with Dylan Kerr (academy coach) and Mark Smith (academy manager).”
“They’re brilliant to work with, they give you a lot of help and they’ve all got a lot of experience to pass on to you.”
Rowley will hope that he has his scoring boots with him, as he prepares to line up for the reserves in their Central League fixture with York City at the Proact tomorrow (1pm).
And it’s a game he’s more than looking forward to.
“Playing in the reserves is always good to play in as it’s a lot more physical and there’s a lot more pressure,” he said.
“There’s generally better quality as well, so it helps to improve me as a player.”
One of the features of the reserves’ recent fixtures has been the number of scholar’s playing in the games, and their ability to take their performances and partnerships up a level.
It’s something that Rowley has done successfully, lining up in midfield alongside team mates Jack Brownell and Charlie Wakefield. And he admits that the trio’s understanding has been beneficial.
He said: “We’ve not really worked on it, but it does come naturally.
“We’re all similar players which helps, along with the fact that we’re good mates off it as well.
“I like both sides of the game (attacking and defending), though it’s always nice to get forward and assist and score goals.”
After the reserve game, it’s back to youth team action for Rowley as they take on Oldham Athletic, in a rearranged fixture at Clay Cross on Saturday (11am).
While 2017 has been good in terms of results for Kerr’s men, it has also been a frustrating time, with matches against Oldham, Grimsby Town and York City all being postponed in recent weeks.
So how does Rowley view the season to date, and what can they achieve?
“It has been going a lot better,” the midfielder said.
“We started well, had a bad patch in the middle but now we’ve picked it up again, with a couple of wins on the bounce; hopefully we can carry that on.
“I think that Dylan [Kerr] coming in has helped us, he’s brought a lot of positivity to group and has helped make training and games more fun and enjoyable.
“Hopefully there won’t be any more postponements. It’s been frustrating not being able to play; we couldn’t even train because of the timing of it”
“But we can definitely climb up the league, we’ve got nine games left, and hopefully we can gain a lot of points from that.”
Along with games at both reserve and youth team levels, Rowley’s attention is focused on extending obtaining a professional contract, with a decision being made on all the scholar’s in the coming months.
And Rowley is keen to extend his stay with the Spireites, having first signed for the club at U15 level, though he’s trying to not let the pressure affect his performances.
He said: “It’s something I really want, but I’d say it’s 50/50 at the moment.
“Playing in the reserves will give me a better chance to get one, but I try to just focus on the game ahead, and do as well as I can.
“Hopefully that will be enough but I’m going to keep trying my best in every game that I play.”