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Young Spireites suffer FA Youth Cup loss

19 October 2018

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The Spireites Youth Team suffered a 1-0 loss away at Kidderminster Harriers in the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday.

Youth Team coach Miguel Llera explained that his side were unlucky on the day, and added that the young Spireites “dominated” the tie.

“I’m obviously disappointed because no one was expecting it. It was the kind of game that happens once a season, because I think we were the better side, we dominated the game and created a lot of chances,” he said.

“To score the way they did, it was an individual mistake at the back early on in the first half. It was a long ball in behind, and we didn’t deal with it properly. The striker was clever and got his foot in before us and scored.

“We now have to focus on the league.”

Their next fixture is an EFL Youth Alliance clash away to Notts County on the 27th, and Llera put forward that it gives him time to make sure the team bounce back from Wednesday’s loss.

Llera said: “Because we don’t have a league game we will organise a friendly game with the under 16s and mix up both groups. I think it will be beneficial for both.”

It was announced on Wednesday that it has been agreed that the academy will continue to operate at Category 3 level until at least the end of the 2019/20 season. Llera went onto mention how important that agreement is for everyone at the club’s academy.

“They have saved lots of people’s jobs who are working behind the scenes. The most important thing is securing the future of all the players that belong to the Chesterfield academy,” Llera stated.

“We have a lot of people behind the scenes to build players for this club.”

Young forward Levi Amantchi signed his first professional contract this week, and Llera was quick to mention how pleased he is to see him progress into the first team.

He said: “I have been working with him for the last year, I am very happy for him that he is getting the reward for his hard work.

“From the Academy's point of view I’m really pleased because I think it shows the good work that we have been doing, and hopefully there are more to come.”

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