Youth team goalkeeper coach, Jon Anderson, says that yesterday’s victory over Lincoln City should have been by a greater margin.
Goals from Aaron Sennett-Nielson, Levi Amantchi and Conor Fowler helped the Spireites to a 3-2 victory and while their finishing occasionally let them down, Anderson was happy with team for following up their good performance in the 1-0 defeat away at Stoke City last Friday, with another decent showing.
He said: “It was a good test to be fair, we knew this team were obviously in our own league, so it was more leveller for the lads as appose to Stoke who work at Category One, so it was a different challenge for them.
“It got minutes under the belt for a lot of the lads, but we controlled the game well, kept possession, just probably lacked a little bit of quality in the final third as it could’ve been a lot more for us!
“We’re bit disappointed with the two goals we conceded, a penalty and the mistake on the edge of the box which gifted them the second, but generally we’re pleased with the performance, a win’s a win.”
The result marked a first victory in pre-season following the loss at Stoke and the 1-1 opening draw with Sheffield United Development last Tuesday.
It’s meant a tough couple of weeks for the young Spireites, who returned to pre-season training on July 3, as they get ready for the EFL Youth Alliance North-East season, which starts on Saturday, August 5.
“We’ve played the three games now, the first game was like a training match and the tempo has picked up, especially against Stoke, where we had to chase the ball a lot more,” said Anderson.
“The fitness levels are looking really good, I’d say they’re probably further ahead than they were last year, especially the first-years, as they’re getting used to training for four or five days a week, we’re really pleased how it’s coming on.”
Another positive so far this summer has been the integration of the squad and much like with the first team, the mood in the camp is very good, with all of the first-year scholars settling in well to their new environment.
“The good thing this year is obviously the first-years are mostly come from the academy,” Anderson explained.
“So they’ve had maybe two or three years of knowing each over which helps, as does going in there and connecting with the second-years.
“We’ll make sure simple things like at dinner times we will get them mixed up and sat together rather than second-years and first-years being separated, they’re working very well together.”
Next up for the Youth Team is a trip to Muglet Lane, to face non-league side Maltby Main on Saturday afternoon, 3pm. A trip that promises to pose an altogether different proposition for the Spirietes.
Anderson added: “That’ll be another challenge for the lads, against a more physical, adult side.
“The lads will have to step up and overcome the problems that comes with playing a physical game.”