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Youth Team Suffer Defeat at the Proact

31 March 2017

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It was derby-day frustration for the young Spireites, as Mansfield Town walked away with a 0-1 win, thanks to a driven strike from Devante Rettie.

It was derby-day frustration for the young Spireites, as Mansfield Town walked away with a 0-1 win, thanks to a driven strike from Devante Rettie. 

In-form Ricky German captained the Spireites as he looked to continue his impressive recent record; the striker had scored 11 goals in just four matches. 

The Spireites started lively as Marc McKenna crossed for German, but it sailed above the striker and was tipped over by Mansfield stopper Sam Wilson.

It was a lively first 15 as a quick throw-in from the Stags set Alistair Smith free on goal, the striker looked for Rettie but his through ball was too hard and drifted wide.

Another cross from McKenna's found Josh Tipping, the youngster directed a header at goal but his effort was pushed over by Wilson. 

The hosts had begun to take control as German battled past two Stags defenders, he pushed the ball out wide for McKenna but the midfielder’s arrowed strike went narrowly wide. 

Mansfield lifted a ball over the Spireites defence that was latched onto by Rettie, the striker took a touch and drove a shot at Brad Jones who palmed clear.

Teddy Bloor picked up a loose ball and darted down the right wing, he looked to cross but Harry Taylor had recovered and nicked it from beneath him.

Jack Brownell broke away for the Spireites and sent German one-on-one with Wilson, the forward fizzed a shot at the stopper but he saved well. 

The Stags won a just outside of the area and it was taken by Jason Law, but his strike was blocked by the Spireites wall. The rebound fell for Kieran Harrison who could only volley over the bar. 

Neither side had taken control of the first half, but upon returning Mansfield almost broke the deadlock, when Lettie thundered a half-volley at Jones, who had to be at his best to save. 

Looking to respond German tried to work his way through the Stags’ defence before flicking to Conor Fowler, but the full-back laced his shot high and wide. 

The lively Rettie then tried to dance his way through the sea of blue and white in the Chesterfield box before pinging a shot at Jones who saved comfortably. 

Mansfield took the lead in the 72nd minute, when Rettie found space in the hosts’ box and drilled a strike past Jones and into the bottom left corner. 

The young Spireites had been rattled, but continued to fight for what would have been a well-deserved draw, the ball bounced around the area with both Charlie Wakefield and George Lynam stabbing at it, but the Stags blasted clear

With less than ten minutes remaining Wakefield's corner pin-balled around the box, several took a punt at it but none could get a clean connection and it was thumped clear once more. 

Desperation was creeping into the Chesterfield attacks in the final few minutes as Lynam launched it route one to German, the captain took it down on his chest but Mansfield snuck in to thrash clear again. 

A final chance came for the young Spireites as substitute Luke Rawson received a through ball from the defence, he looked up to fire it home but the linesman had pulled him back for offside. 

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