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Youth Cup Victory for Spireites

14 November 2017

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Goals from Marshall Willock and Luke Rawson either side of the interval saw Chesterfield’s youth team beat their Port Vale counterparts 2-1 to secure a place in the third round of the FA Youth Cup.

Early on, Alex Render and Aaron Sennett-Neilson combined to set up Robbie Foster who shot wide under pressure from a defender.

Vale skipper James Steele tried a shot from around 20 yards out which was saved by Brad Jones.

Ify Ofoegbu, on the right-hand side of the area, then shot wide.

Charlie Wakefield looked to pick out Luke Rawson’s run into the area, but his through-ball was just out of the striker’s reach.

Vale’s Harry Benns produced a good run down the right-hand side before firing in a shot which was saved by Jones at his near post.

Foster went close with a curling effort which was touched wide by keeper Dequan Crockwell.

Willock gave the Spireites a 32nd minute lead when he powered a header into the net after meeting Wakefield’s corner.

Steele headed wide early in the second half and Lucas Green-Birch put an effort over.

Sennett-Neilson tried an effort from distance which went well wide.

Ofoegbu cut in from the left and fired in a shot which was deflected wide.

The visitors had a good chance when Zak Hill, who was unmarked, headed wide.

Rawson (72) put the Spireites further ahead after receiving the ball from Ofoegbu inside the area and beating Crockwell with a low finish.

As Vale looked to produce an immediate response, Green-Birch fired in a long-range effort which forced a good save from Jones.

Joshua Ryder (79) pulled a goal back for the visitors, stabbing in at the far post after a low shot was deflected into his path.

Vale never seriously threatened to force an equaliser, however, with Chesterfield booking a trip to Swansea City in the third round of the competition.

Chesterfield: Jones, Howard, Render, Sharman, Willock, Holmes, Sennett-Neilson (Walker 84), Ofoegbu, Rawson, Wakefield, Foster (Amantchi 75)

Subs: Marris, Russ, Emery

Port Vale: Rockwell, Bestow, Campbell-Gordon, Ward, Ryder, Hill, Grimshaw, Steele, Green-Birch (Johnson 81), Benns (Chimenes 71), Ede (Wakefield h/t)

Unused subs: Jackson & Berks

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