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Youth Team Back in Action Tomorrow

26 October 2018

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The young Spireites travel to play Notts County in their next game in the EFL Youth Alliance on Saturday, kick-off 10:30 am.

Looking ahead to the fixture, youth team coach Miguel Llera said that the game provides a chance for his side to bounce back, after losing 1-0 to Kidderminster Harriers in the FA Youth Cup last week.

“We will go there looking to get the three points and perform well. After the last result in the FA Youth Cup game, we want to get back on track,” explained Llera.

The youth team didn’t have a match last weekend, but Llera has been making sure that the team is prepared for Saturday’s trip to Nottingham.

He said: “It’s given us time to prepare and to implement what we want from the players. John Pemberton has come in with new ideas, and we have to do a fast track course with the kids to bring in the new academy manager’s philosophy.

“It’s not just with the youth team, but with the whole academy. It’s going to be a process, hopefully, that process isn’t going to take too long, and hopefully, we will start seeing the rewards.”

The young Spireites only need a draw on Saturday to go top of the Youth Alliance North East Division. Llera pointed out that the youth team’s good performances show that the Chesterfield Academy is in a good place.

Coach Llera said: “It’s a challenge and an opportunity for the lads. We are looking forward to it and it’s a great chance to stay near the top of the league.

“It means that the kids are playing well and the academy is healthy. With the good news on the academy last week, we can continue the good work that we have been doing.”

Levi Amantchi came off the bench during the first team’s FA Cup win at Fylde, however, Llera was also encouraged to see youngster Charlie Wakefield make the first team squad last weekend.

“I’m pleased for both of them. I’m really pleased for Charlie because his path has been entirely different this season to Levi’s,” Llera commented.

“Levi has been doing really well with the youth team, scoring goals and performing well. Charlie started with the first team, then was sent on loan.

“I was scouting him at some games when Sheffield FC weren’t performing well as a team, he was the best player on the pitch.

“This shows the great mentality that he has. Now he is being rewarded by getting involved in the first team.”


The fixture takes place at the following venue: 

Highfield Complex,

University Boulevard,


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