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Williamson pleased with youngsters

17 July 2019

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Charlie Williamson was pleased with how the youngsters performed in last night's pre-season game at Matlock Town.

Williamson, who will combine his head of recruitment role with coaching the development squad, took charge of the side last night alongside Glyn Snodin.

A team comprising of development squad players, trialists and senior players on the fringes of the first team played in the game, helping the Spireites win 2-1.

Williamson told Spireites Digital: "The idea behind these games is to have a look at the development group, give them a chance to play and mixed in with that is one or two trialists that we’ve been looking at."

Strikes from trialists Anthony Spyrou and Jake Bennett gave Chesterfield victory after Pieteu Crouz grabbed an early goal for the Gladiators.

Williamson was very pleased with the impact that the trialists had on the game, saying: "They’ve had a couple of hard weeks training and the way to look at them is during the 90 minutes. (They were) pleasing tonight against a very decent, capable opposition.

"When you come down here in pre-season, it’s always going to be a tough battle, but it’s a really nice run out and we’ve come through unscathed."

When asked about young players such as Jack McKay and Charlie Wakefield giving the management team food for thought, Williamson said: "The idea behind the development group is for those players to come and impress and obviously we want them to be banging on the manager’s door, saying, ‘we’re the ones that are going to make your squad stronger than it already is'.’’

In a last-minute change to the line-up, youth-team defender Jared Wild replaced Jack Holmes in the starting XI and Williamson was very pleased with his performance.

"It’s the first chance he’s had to play at this level and I thought he dealt with it extremely well," he said. "The longer the game went on, the more he got into it, so, really pleased for him as well."

Williamson also touched on Sam Wedgbury playing his first full 90 minutes with the first team, after nearly a year out through injury. He said: "I just think it’s so nice, having had the lay-off Sam’s had, to come back in and get his first full 90 minutes under his belt."

Pre-season is really in full swing as the Spireites prepare for the new season with three tough home games coming up. Rotherham United, Premier League newboys Sheffield United and Burton Albion all visit the Proact in the next couple of weeks and there is also a match away at Sheffield FC.

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