The Spireites youth team travel to face Hartlepool United in their upcoming EFL Youth Alliance fixture on Saturday, kick-off 12pm.
A number of the youth side featured in the Chesterfield XI team that beat Sheffield FC 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Levi Amantchi and two of Miguel Llera’s youngsters, Zak Walker and Jack Holmes, were on the scoresheet as they came from 2-0 down to win the game 3-2.
Coach Llera began by stating that he thought his young players fared well during the game, and he’s pleased to see Martin Allen proactively looking at bringing them into the first team squad.
“I was obviously disappointed with the score last week. Some of the second years were playing with the first team in the week,” said Llera.
“The assistant manager took the team, and the first team manager was there as well. I think the lads did pretty well.
“In the second half, we were 2-0 down because in the first half we were a little bit sloppy. In the second half, we came back into the game.
“I think everyone did ok. With Jamie Sharman singing his professional contract and Jack Holmes training with the first team, I’m glad that the first team manager is putting his confidence in the lads.
“Hopefully more players will come through.”
Llera then went onto mention how opportunities to play alongside some of the first team are crucial for his young players.
Coach Llera stated: “Obviously it gives them a confidence boost when they are involved with the first team. It’s a massive learning curve for them to develop as a player,”
“It’s very beneficial because unfortunately there isn’t any older age group above us. We talk about the youth team but the kids are only sixteen and seventeen years old.”
The young Spireites head to Hartlepool only four points off Doncaster Rovers at the top of the EFL Youth Alliance North East Division.
Looking ahead to Saturday’s clash, Llera was adamant that they will go there to get the win, although he believes that his players are still adapting to the new ideas brought in by academy manager, John Pemberton.
“We go there and try to get the three points,” said Llera.
“We are trying to implement new ideas, which is a big change for the lads after the new academy manager came in.
“It has been tough for the lads who are trying to adapt to the new style of play because it’s more demanding technically and physically.
“We will carry on with the job we have been doing.”
The fixture takes place at the following venue: