The Spireites youth team host local rivals Mansfield Town in their next EFL Youth Alliance fixture on Saturday, kick-off 11am.
A number of the young Spireites featured in Tuesday night’s friendly win at Sheffield FC. Youngsters Ify Ofoegbu and Luke Rawson both got themselves on the scoresheet in a 2-1 victory.
Youth team coach Miguel Llera stated that he was happy with his players’ performance on Tuesday night, by saying: “I’m really happy because I thought that all the lads that were involved performed well.
“Overall the standard was really high.”
Looking ahead to Saturday’s mini-derby against Mansfield, Llera explained how much his youngsters are looking forward to the game.
“The lads are excited and have been preparing really well for the match,” said the youth coach.
“All of them are looking forward to playing because it’s one of the last games before Christmas.
“With it being against Mansfield Town it has all the ingredients to be a big game.”
Llera then went onto point out what he is expecting from a Mansfield side who are three points ahead of the young Spireites, and are currently second in the division.
“It’ll be a tough game.
“Last season was a really tough game. It was very physical and very emotional.
“Hopefully we will get the three points tomorrow, but as I say it’s going to be a tough game against a good team.
“It’s going to be physical and we have to be ready for the battle.”
Young forward Levi Amantchi impressed on his first start for the Spireites against Salford last weekend, and Jack Holmes was part of the squad that took on Billericay in the FA Cup first round replay.
Llera put forward that the academy coaches are working hard to keep producing players for first-team manager Martin Allen to consider in his squad.
“We are working really hard behind the scenes to develop players for the club, and to give Martin (Allen) more options for the first team,” explained Llera.
“I think that he is really happy with the players that are coming through because he is giving them a chance.”