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Young Reserves Fight Back to Draw

17 January 2017

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Goals from Jack Brownell and George Lynam saw a young Spireites reserve-team line-up fight back to draw 2-2 with Shrewsbury Town in the Central League Cup on Tuesday afternoon.

Spireites keeper Brad Jones made a number of impressive saves to keep the Shrews at bay, but was powerless to prevent a thunderous strike from Kaiman Anderson (55) giving them the lead. 

The visitors doubled their advantage just a minute later,when  a through ball into the area found Ethan Jones (56) who slipped it past the Jones with his left foot. 

With many of the regular reserve players in the side due to face Matlock Town in the Derbyshire Senior Cup later in the day, the Spireites fielded a side containing players as young as 15-years-old. 

The youngsters showed both resilience and determination to fight back, with Brownell firing in a penalty in the 77th minute. 

With five minutes of time added on, Chesterfield threw every man forward and after a corner pin-balled around the box, Lynam got the final touch, heading past Callum Burton for the equaliser. 

Academy coach Dylan Kerr told Player HD that he was delighted to see his side show such character and determination to fight back from 2-0 down. 

Kerr said: “That is what we've been lacking within the scholars and in the youth league recently, that fight, that aggression, that endeavour and that attitude. We have been missing all of that for a few weeks now.”

The comeback was made all the more impressive by the youthfulness of the side and Kerr emphasised the importance of this fightback in their development as players.  

“We were asked to play this fixture because of the Matlock Town match tonight in the Derbyshire Senior Cup and we were playing against a very strong Shrewsbury Town reserve team," he continued.

“We had two 17-year-olds, nine 16-year-olds and four 15-year-olds on the bench, so it is a credit to Chesterfield Football Club that we can do that and have come out with a result.

“Yes we did get caught a few times and our goalkeeper was forced to make two great saves, but their keeper has also made a couple saves in the first half. That lack of experience cost us for the first two goals, but after that we dug in. 

“We have kept going, and that character and that ability is something that I haven’t seen for a long time in the scholars, but it was there today and it was a pleasure to watch.

“The boys fully deserved the two goals that they got today and funnily enough we could have even sneaked in a third straight after we scored, with a bit of luck or a deflection.”

With the beginning of a new era at Chesterfield under the leadership of manager Gary Caldwell, Kerr spoke of the importance of this attitude inside the whole club. 

“From a coach's point of view, if we have that kind of attitude all the way through the youth sides and into the first team, with a new manager coming in, things look bright.” 

Chesterfield: Jones, Ofoegbu, Wakefield, McKenna, Lynam, Phillipson, Sennett, Brownell, Tipping, Darwent, Phillips.

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