It was goals galore at St George’s Park Graves last Tuesday, as the Spireites Football for Life Team and Everton’s Imagine Your Goals team played out a 5-5 draw.
The match was arranged to help raise awareness of Mental Health Issues, and both teams more than played their part in tough conditions.
Nathan Khan of the Spireites Community Trust said: “It was a fantastic day, the lads absolutely loved it.
“We got there early and set up the kit and warm up area as if it was a professional match, everything was done properly.
“It was very windy, but the lads adjusted and dealt with it very well.
“We played some really good football - which we’ve worked on in training - and at times passed them off the park, to the point where their manager told me that we were the best team that they’d played against.
“Both teams came back after the match for some food, and had a nice night. We’ve been invited to Everton to play a return fixture!”
Sam Tighe and Daz Parkinson both scored a brace for the Spireites, while Billy Wright was also on the scoresheet. And the three goal scorers were among many players praised by Khan.
He said: “Sam scored a volley and for the other he chipped the goalkeeper!
“Billy’s goal came after some brilliant individual skill by Will Hickley, when he took four players out in the middle of the park and then played it through to Billy.
“Daz took his goals well, while our captain, Aaron Sanders, lead by example and really drove the team on.”
Prior to the fixture, Chesterfield player/coach Ritchie Humphreys provided the team with a coaching session, and despite being with the first team at Walsall, he was keeping in touch with the team’s progress.
Khan added: “Ritchie kindly coached us before the game and that gave the lads a massive boost, he also sent us a very kind message, which I read out to them in the dressing room and it really struck home, the lads loved it.”
So with a return fixture with the Toffees to come, what else is on the horizon?
“It’s now time to start re-building,” Khan said. “We’ve got one final league game to come against Doncaster Rovers next month, then we’ve also got five-a-side competitions coming up as well.
“We’re also trying to arrange some more friendlies, with West Bromwich Albion being one of the team’s we’ve spoken too.”
Anyone who has suffered from mental health issues, and would like to join the team, is more than welcome to come along to the team’s training sessions on Friday evenings.
Training takes place from 7-8pm at St Mary’s Catholic High School, S41 8AG. For further information, please contact the Spireites Community Trust.