A youthful Spireites reserve team suffered a 3-1 Central League defeat away at Mansfield Town in difficult conditions on Tuesday.
Chesterfield played a team of mainly of youth team scholars with the Stags line-up considerably stronger. Though the youngsters more than matched their opponents yet despite falling behind after 28 minutes, they levelled the match thanks to Joe Rowley’s header.
Dylan Parkin then saved a penalty but the Spireites conceded from a corner and Mansfield were awarded another penalty with just over 20 minutes to go which was dispatched to win them the game.
Coach Dylan Kerr felt there was positives to take from the game, particularly from the display in the first half.
“It was a good test, Mansfield had a couple of first team players in, I think they only had one young lad in the from the u18s so it was a good test,” said Kerr.
“It was a 3-1 defeat but we didn’t look far off the pace to what Mansfield did. The pitch wasn’t the best either.
"Steve Evans their manager was there watching the game and he went in at half time to give their lads a talking to because our lads matched them.
"Obviously they’re going to be stronger and get a lot more chances but we defended well and the goals we conceded again were from our mistakes initially, giving the ball away in the wrong areas, not making the right pass and not shielding the ball when they should do. But it’s a learning experience so individually I hope they’ll come out better.”
Kerr picked out a couple of fine individual moments produced by Spireites players. Those involved with the goal all made valuable contributions but Parkin was particularly impressive in the Chesterfield net.
He said: “To be fair we played some good football at times on a very bad pitch.
"Iffy Ofoegbu’s got right into the corner and done what every good attacking winger does but Josh Tipping’s gone across the front post which has dragged his defender away and Joe's come in centrally and headed off his knee and into the goal.”
“Dylan’s made a great save for the penalty. The second one he put in the same corner but as a goalkeeper it’s 50/50. It was 1-1 when we gave away the penalty but it was from us giving the ball away.
“For these kids to play in that kind of a game, they don’t usually do that in a scholar’s game so it was a good test of character for them and good building of confidence for them on a bad pitch but they came out with some plus points.
“We have Doncaster Rovers at Clay Cross – weather depending of course.
"It’s good for them to have a midweek game and then a game on Saturday. Hopefully we can continue where we left off against Lincoln City and what we learnt today and we can take it forward.”
Chesterfield: Parkin, Ofoegbu, Fowler (Holmes), Rowley, Smith (McKenna), Hand, Lynam, Phillips (Darwent), Tipping, Brownell, Wakefield.
Subs not used: Jones, Foster