The Spireites Youth Team ran riot in their FA Youth Cup second round qualifying fixture yesterday, as they were resounding 6-1 winners over Sheffield FC.
A hat-trick from Levi Amantchi, a brace from Zak Walker and a goal for Luke Rawson enabled the youngsters to advance into the next round.
Coach Miguel Llera was quick to say how proud he was of his team’s performance at Dronfield.
Llera said: “I’m really proud of them, especially the first 45 minutes. We knew we had to start with the right attitude and the right commitment, to not let them grow in confidence in the first minutes.
“I think that the lads understood what I was looking for in the first ten to fifteen minutes. We started really strong and we were really focussed on what we had to do.
“We scored a couple of goals really quickly, and that helped us to settle down in the game.
“After the first two goals they gave up a little bit and we took advantage of that and scored more goals.”
It has been announced today that they will face Kidderminster Harriers away from home in the next qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup. Llera explained that his side will have to be focussed in order to progress to the next round.
“We’ll try to go there and win the game like we did yesterday. We have to respect them like we did last night, and we have to be really focussed to go through to the next round.”
John Pemberton took up the role of academy manager a few weeks ago, and Llera stated that Pemberton has already had an impact on the youngsters.
He said: “They have to bring new ideas into the club. He is trying to give new ideas to the scholars, and they are trying to get on board.
“The impact that he has had is massive and I think it is going to be very beneficial for the kids.”
The Youth Team have a quick turnaround as they travel to face Bradford City in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup on Saturday, kick-off 11am.
Llera mentioned that the youngsters don’t have a lot of time to recover, but he will make sure that the team are focussed and up to the task.
Coach Llera said: “We are only thinking game by game. Saturday is a cup game and it’s really important for us because if we want to go through we have to win.
“We are going to come up against a really good side and we are going to do the best we can. It’s a pity that we played last night because the kids aren’t going to have too much time to recover.
“We have got sixteen that will be involved tomorrow, but we will be focussed and concentrated to get the win tomorrow.
“Being second in the league is the reward for the hard work that we have put in from the first day of pre-season, and we have to keep the momentum going.”
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