The Spireites youth team earned a creditable goal-less draw away at top of the league Grimsby Town at the weekend.
Academy manager John Pemberton was pleased with the performance. He said: “We played really well. We had several opportunities and could have won the game quite comfortably.
“Jack Holmes and Brandon Howard both had good chances. Javanne Smith also had a good header, forcing the goalkeeper to make a good save.
“We limited them to no shots at goals, so it was really pleasing. We’ve been doing a lot of the offensive-type work, winning second balls and being a little bit quicker to winning the ball back on the transition.”
Pemberton welcomed the return of a couple of key players. “Having Jack Holmes back was good and we had Jamie Sharman back, which also made a big difference,” he said.
A number of the younger scholars were included to give them valuable experience as the academy staff look to the future. Pemberton said: “Callum Brook and Kian Tansley, who are Under-16s, both started and they were very good. Callum has started a few games for us now.
“We’re starting to blood the young kids and eventually, before the end of the season, we’ll get to next year’s group. We need to see what the team looks like.”
Pemberton stresses that results are secondary as the emphasis is on player development. “I’m not worried about the results and I’ll stomach the disappointing ones,” he insisted.
“We don’t get judged by winning the league, we get judged by how many players we get through.
“We’re trying to individual players. We’re all about developing and producing the players. The work we’re doing is all geared towards the players becoming better. We’ll become a good team if we get enough good players.”