When you’ve scored five goals in your last two appearances life is pretty good, just ask youth team striker Luke Rawson.
Rawson has been in fine form in recent weeks, scoring a first half hat trick against Rotherham United before following it up with a brace in last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Blackpool. And he puts his goal scoring down to hard work.
“It’s been good and very enjoyable, I feel like I’ve rose to the challenge of playing youth team football,” the striker said. “My confidence is high, I was struggling a little bit at the beginning of the season to get into it but I’ve managed to find my form.
“I’ve been doing a lot of individual finishing work with my old U16s manager (and current head of academy coaching) Matt Whitehouse, I’ve kept in touch with him and we’ve been working together on Wednesday’s.
“It’s mainly been focused on my technique as well as making runs, whether that be putting the ball across or curling the ball around the goalkeeper, he’s good for my technique.
“My second goal against Blackpool showed what I’d been working on had paid off, the ball was played through to me and I managed to curl it around the goalkeeper into the bottom corner. The extra training has really helped me.”
So, as well as goal scoring, what other strengths does he possess?
“I like players who are going to work with me, I like to work hard in matches,” he explained.
“My strength is my work rate, I’ll not stop running and give it everything I’ve got all game. I need to work on my decision making, which isn’t quite right at times, but if I improve on that I’ve got a good chance of doing well.”
Rawson and his team mates travel to Bradford City tomorrow (11am) in their latest EFL Youth Alliance North East fixture.
It’s been a mixed start to the season for the youth team, but Rawson believes that the performances under new manager Miguel Llera will mean that they’ll soon start picking up more victories.
He said: “Miguel is a great manager, he really knows what he’s talking about!
“His coaching style is different, he’s very intense and I think that that has helped to improve the team, I really like working with him.
“The mood in the squad is very good, we’ve had a hard week’s training and hopefully that will pay off tomorrow and we can get a win!
“If we keep putting good performances in the results will come.”
Rawson came to the attention of many supporters when he scored the Spireites reserves’ second goal in a 2-3 home defeat to Mansfield Town earlier this year.
His goal was a well taken one and one that was scored against senior players, it capped off a superb day for him – though it might not have happened had his school not agreed to give him the time off!
“It was quite last minute when I found I was playing,” he recalled “I had to get in touch with my school to find out if I could get the time off to play!
“I remember I went into my maths lesson after the game on a high, to score was amazing, even though we lost the game it was a very good experience.
“When you score and hear the supporters cheer it feels amazing.”
Scoring at the Proact made it extra special for Rawson, who is a boyhood Spireites fan with his goal being one that his hero would have been proud of.
He added: “My dad’s a big Chesterfield fan and he always took me to watch games here.
“My favourite player has to be Jack Lester, he was such a composed finisher and a great player to watch.”