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Allen encouraged by youngsters

29 July 2018

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Despite being disappointed by Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Alfreton Town in the penultimate pre-season fixture, manager Martin Allen was encouraged to see teenage pair Jamie Sharman and Luke Rawson play.

“To have those 17-year-olds playing, they're not always going to be great at the moment, but this is a great experience for those youngsters to come in and play men's football against what I thought was a decent side," said Allen.

“So for those lads, from my point of view, it was very good for them. Today was an off day, but I’m sure those lads will be ready for next weekend.”

Allen is also satisfied with the progress his squad has made since the start of pre-season.

He said: “The players are getting fitter, they’re getting stronger. We’ve managed to bring through some of the young lads into the group as well, which has been good.

“The performance the other night against Wigan was very good, from what you would call the first-team squad. Today was a bit of a combination of some young players, and some lads who didn't play the other night.”

Chesterfield play at Matlock Town on Monday night (7.30pm) in their final warm-up game, before they travel to Ebbsfleet United for the season opener next Saturday.

The Spireites boss will consider his options before naming the side to face the Gladiators.

“We’ll decide on Monday," he said. "Players will get back from the medical room and into my office and I’ll have a chance to think about any changes over the weekend.”

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