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Youth team set for opening home fixture

9 August 2019

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The Spireites youth team will take on their counterparts from Scunthorpe United on Saturday in their first home game of the season.

Looking ahead to the fixture at St George's Park Sheffield Graves, which kicks off at 11am, coach Neil Cluxton said: “The lads have a had a full week's training where they’ve worked really well. They’re looking fit and sharp and mentally they seem up for it.”

Cluxton indicated that he will most likely keep with the same 11 that were unfortunate not to take all three points at Mansfield Town last weekend in a 2-2 draw.

He said: “The players performed okay. The only disappointing thing was that maybe we didn’t see the game out and that wasn’t due to fitness, more of a case of one or two players losing their one-versus-one battles and enabling them to get shots off.”

During their full week of training, the youngsters have been putting in the hard work to improve certain aspects of their game.

“In possession I’ve just told the lads to be a bit more creative," said Cluxton. "Hopefully we can create a few more chances from set-pieces and, off the ball, just try to be hard to beat.”

Cluxton explained that there could be a few variables that may play a huge factor in who wins the match.

“We’re on the grass pitch, which isn’t the biggest, so we do struggle a little bit to play football or to try and play out from the back so we’ll have to adapt our game. I think the weather conditions are going to be a bit breezy and maybe a bit wet but it should a good scrap.”

There is good competition in the squad according to Cluxton and every player will be looking to force their way into the team.

“We’ve got six lads fighting for five substitute spots, alongside that we’ve got trialists coming in and out, and also we’ve got two or three of the U16’s knocking on the door," he explained.

“They’re a talented bunch and they’ve all got their own strengths and qualities that they bring.

“We’re trying to create effective footballers. I’d love to be able to play the ‘beautiful game’ but I’m also a realistic coach and we want to be competitive in every game.”


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