Academy coach, Dylan Kerr, hailed his team’s performance, as they continued their impressive start to 2017 with a 4-2 victory away at York City on Saturday.
Striker Ricky German, was the star of the show, bagging four goals, including a first half hat-trick! And German wasn’t the only player to receive praise from his coach.
“For 70 minutes it was one of our best defensive and attacking performances, from all the lads who started the game,” Kerr said.
“I can’t remember them having a shot in the first 70 minutes, our goalkeeper Dylan Parkin had nothing to do.
“We defended well as a unit, while the midfield did well in working hard to stop any attacks that York City had. Ricky took his first half hat-trick very well, and though he could have had a few more, he’s got to be happy with seven goals in his last two games.”
The win was the fourth in succession in the EFL Youth Alliance, so what was it that impressed Kerr the most?
“I think it was the lads’ attitudes from the start of the game,” Kerr said.
“They had a good warm-up which is all credit to Jamie Loades and John Knapper, and it started from there.
“It was a different performance from the back four; we had a trialist in, who didn’t know anybody, while Harry Taylor played in an unfamiliar position of left back. Iffy Ofoegbu is improving his positional play all the time too.
“There’s still a lot to work on, but the player’s attitude was brilliant.”
The match also provided a chance for Kerr to look at some of the next season’s scholars, all of whom played their part in securing the win.
A delighted Kerr said: “Once we decided to change things at 4-0 up, Jamie Sharman, Jack Holmes, Luke Rawson and Zak Walker all got a run out.
“We went from 4-4-2 to 3-5-2 and that takes some adjustment, and while it didn’t unbalance us we need to manage the game better.
“The lads need to be involved, so that when they are in next season, they understand how each other plays, they did a good job and it was a win-win situation all round.”
Several of the squad will once again step up to reserve team level tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon, when the Spireites face a local derby with Mansfield Town at the Proact, 2pm.
Kerr added: “From what I believe, we’ll have a youthful squad tomorrow, which is another great experience for our kids.
“They’ll relish the opportunity to play at the Proact against Mansfield, many of our scholars played against an experienced Mansfield squad recently, and even though they got beat, they didn’t disgrace themselves.
“Hopefully they can turn it around, and experience a victory on this occasion.”
Chesterfield line up vs York City: Parkin (C), Smith, Hand, Lynam, McKenna, Brownell, Taylor, Ofoegbu, German, Phillips, Darwent.
Subs: Jones (gk), Holmes, Sharman, Rawson, Walker.