The Spireites youth team host Grimsby Town in their next fixture in the EFL Youth Alliance at St George’s Park Sheffield Graves on Saturday, kick-off 11am.
Before looking ahead to Saturday’s game, youth coach Miguel Llera reflected on his sides 1-0 defeat away at Notts County in their last match.
“The last game was disappointing because we were managing the game pretty well. We were comfortable during the 90 minutes,” said Llera.
“One individual error cost us the game. That kind of thing can happen at times during the game.
“We are looking forward to tomorrow. A few of the guys have injuries, with sickness and flu, so there will be some under 16s involved in the team.”
The young Spireites will be looking to bounce straight back from their defeat in Nottingham, but Llera went onto say that Grimsby will provide tough opposition.
Llera explained: “They’re a good team. Last season was really tough in both games. At home last season they played well and beat us pretty easily, so hopefully, we can change that.
“The lads have been working really well this week, and hopefully they have taken on board what we have been doing in training.”
The youth team have had a two-week break since their last game against Notts County, and Llera stated that he has been using the extra time to make sure his players are prepared.
“On Monday and last Friday was more physical with more conditioning sessions. The team feels physically really well,” declared Llera.
“They will be ready for tomorrow.”
After their league match on Saturday, a number of the youth side will feature in Tuesday night’s friendly against Sheffield FC.
The Chesterfield team will consist of some members of the first team and a number of youth team players.
Llera put forward that this would be a valuable experience for his youngsters by saying: “It’s a big challenge for them, and they are looking forward to try and impress the first team manager to get a contract.
“It’s a great chance for them.”
The games come in quick succession for the Spireites youth team, as they travel away to face Hartlepool next Saturday (November 17).
Llera however, sees this as a positive for his team, as it gives them regular chances to impress him and others at the club.
Coach Llera said: “Every game is a new opportunity to impress the new academy manager, to impress me and the first team manager.”
“Every game is a big game. It’s a chance to impress and a chance to build a future for them in regards of getting a professional contract.”
Admission for the Grimsby match is free, though supporters wishing to attend will need to register with the venue if they've not already done so, this can be done here.
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