Academy coach Darren Molloy was delighted with the U16s win over Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night and is pleased with the progression the players are making towards scholarships.
There were a number of aspects that Molloy took pleasure in seeing in midweek, as the Spireites U16s got their Floodlit Cup campaign underway with a 5-2 win: "Out of possession we want to be defensively organised but play quick attacking football and to enjoy the ball when we get it and that's what we did.
"They worked incredibly hard to regain it as quick as they could in transitions. What was really pleasing was that when we won it we broke out quick and there were forward runs from different areas of the pitch," Molloy reflected.
The Floodlit Cup gives the U16 players a chance to gain new experiences, things they perhaps wouldn't gain from the normal fixtures they play on a weekend.
Molloy commented: "It's a different experience for the kids. With it being a competitive format under the lights with linesman and a referee, it's as close to the real thing as possible."
One of the stand out players in the Spireites victory on Tuesday was Josh Turner who scored and also assisted two goals. "Josh has been flying recently,” Molloy stated. “He's been excellent in the last couple of weeks and Tuesday was outstanding, he was clearly the best player on the pitch.
"He's an old fashioned winger in the sense he wants to get at you and he has been making really good decisions in the final third.”
Turner wasn't the only player to stand out, as the whole team put in a hugely impressive performance, that lead to more plaudits from Molloy: "If I was picking extra ones out I'd mention Connor Emery, who was excellent and covered every blade of grass,” he added.
"You had Javanne Smith upfront who did really well. The back four was very solid, they played forward well, won the tackles and competed."
It wasn't just those who impressed Molloy however, as a group of U15s have come into the U16s and competed for places as well.
Molloy explained: "We had two U15s, Will Russ, who started the game and put a shift in, TJ (Alidu) who came on - he scored a goal, set one up and made a good impact so overall everyone was very pleasing to watch them play."
Performances like the win against the Owls will only help the players in their bid to earn a scholarship with the club and it's something Molloy sees as one of the main aims for his squad this season:
"It's important we want to do well in the cup and the other games but ultimately it's about the individuals securing their scholarships in the next couple of months.
"We're all very happy with what we're seeing. We see a lot of potential and we think that it's more than achievable," he said.