Academy coach, Dylan Kerr, expressed his delight after his young team defeated York City on Tuesday in a Central League fixture at the Proact.
Early goals from Joel Phillips and Joe Rowley secured a 2-0 victory for the Spireites, and the winning margin could have been greater.
Kerr said: “I was very happy with the performance, particularly the result along with a clean sheet.
“We scored two early goals and could have had two more in the opening stages, but their goalkeeper made two worldie saves from Charlie [Wakefield] and Iffy [Ofoegbu], but overall the application, attitude was to go out and put on a good performance which they did!
“What I did on Tuesday, was set the stall out with what I wanted from them, and put the onus on the players to tell each other what they expect and it worked.
“They marked their team mate’s cards and that’s not something that we’ve done before, so it was a good learning curve for them.”
Kerr reserved special praise for the two goal scorers who have clearly took on board the advice given to them by the academy staff.
“Joel scored with a header which is something we’ve banging on at him to do more of,” Kerr said.
“He’s a tall strong lad, in all of the stats we have of him from the gym and sprints, he’s one of the quickest and the strongest.
“He doesn’t really use his aerial ability, but Tuesday that was one of his best games for us and his early goal gave him a great confidence boost.
“Then Joe Rowley popped up with the second. We keep telling him that if he got two goals a game he’d be in the first team squad.
This Saturday sees the young Spireites return to EFL Youth Alliance action when they take on Oldham Athletic at Clay Cross (11am).
The match is a rearranged fixture after the weather put paid to the original game on January 14. And Kerr expects the game to be an entertaining one with both teams in fine form.
He said: “I’m told that Oldham have gone unbeaten in nine games, and we’ll take Tuesday’s game as a scholar’s game, so that’s us unbeaten since the Christmas break too!
Chesterfield team vs York City: Parkin, Ofoegbu, Fowler, Holmes, Hand, Lynam, Darwent, Brownell, Phillips, Rowley, Wakefield.
Substitutes: Jones (gk), Sennett, Foster, McKenna, Howard