Weekly academy round-up

Weekly academy round-up

With so many academy games happening during the week, it can be difficult to keep track of how well the teams are doing.

This article provides an easy rundown of the results for you to follow and keep track of all the Chesterfield teams.

U7s

Chesterfield U7s welcomed Somersall Rangers Fire, playing out an exciting battle in the NDFYL.

U8s

Game One

Chesterfield U9s took on Qualitas in an exciting JPL affair – a fantastic watch for the neutral. 

Game Two

Chesterfield U8s played their part in an entertaining end-to-end game with Somersall Rangers Stingrays, with some excellent football being played, quality goals scored and smiles all-round.

U9s

Chesterfield U9s competed against Somersall Rangers in the NDYFL, with the side focusing on retaining possession.

The team took on the challenge, making some great decisions and creating plenty of scoring chances.

U10s

Chesterfield U10s had their work cut out for them as they welcomed Soccer Hub FC in the JPL Yorkshire Final, putting in a brilliant performance.

U11s 

Chesterfield U11s battled it out against Leeds United Academy Girls, competing well and leaving everything out on the pitch.

An excellent all-round performance from the team.

U12s

It was a day to learn from for Chesterfield U12s as they were narrowly defeated 4-2 by a strong Yorkshire RTC side.

Manlove and Dove strikes pulled two goals back for the young Spireites, but the away side held on for the victory.

U13s

Game One

Chesterfield U13s quashed a Forza Academy comeback, as the young Spireites nudged past their opponents in an eventual 6-3 win.

Having gone 2-0 up, with the momentum on their side, Chesterfield allowed Forza back into the game with two goals in the last five minutes of the first half.

A huge hit to take before the break for the Spireites. Despite the fightback from the opponents, Chesterfield kept creating, separating the two sides with another four goals before the final whistle.

Forza grabbed one back, but it was not enough to overturn a Jenkins brace, and goals from Taylor, King, Owen, and Charles.

Game Two

Chesterfield U13s came up against York City, putting out a display much improved compared to the reverse fixture earlier in the season. The Spireites, still fell to a 2-0 defeat, however.

Chesterfield were under pressure right from the off, but the young Spireites dug in deep to keep the away side out during the first half.

The Blues had the best chances early after the break but were unable to make their chances count, with York City converting their two major chances of the game.

U14s

Game One

Chesterfield U14s Midlands advanced to the next round of the JPL Cup with a slim 1-0 win over Kettering Town.

The only goal from the game through Norris in the opening minutes of the game.

From there on out, the young Spireites dominated possession and took control of the game, winning the midfield battles and not allowing Kettering Town to threaten their goal.

Into the next round!

Game Two

Friday night saw Chesterfield U14s take on a category three academy side, Rotherham United U14s, falling to a narrow 3-2 defeat.

Rotherham took advantage of Chesterfield’s slow start to take an early 3-0 lead.

The Spireites got a goal back just before half-time through Cruze, who finished off an excellent team goal.

The second half was full of excitement, as Cruze bagged his second of the game shortly after the break to put Chesterfield one step closer to a comeback.

However, Chesterfield were unable to pounce on a series of chances to level up the score, which would have earned them a well-deserved draw.

Despite the dominant second-half display, the Spireites walked away with a defeat.

U15s

Game One

Like the U14s, Chesterfield U15s also advanced to the next round of the JPL Cup, defeating Corby Town 4-2 in the first round.

The young Spireites were quickest out of the block, going ahead through an own goal in the fourth minute, following a wicked cross from Brassey, before Covil made it two with a long-range effort in the eighth minute.

Corby pegged Chesterfield back after 15 minutes, which was the last action of the first half.

Chesterfield continued their dominance, with Brassey converting a penalty and Landon poking home, opening a three-goal gap between the sides.

With 15 minutes left to play, Chesterfield were pegged back once more, but the Spireites held on for an impressive first round cup win.

Game Two

It was a tough result for Chesterfield U15s to take as they bowed out of the JPL Premier Cup to Kidderminster on penalties.

The young Spireites went into the break 2-0 down following a poor first half performance. 

But the side showed great resilience to come back, with goals from Hardy and Mercer forcing the game to penalties. It could have been much more, however.

Unfortunately, Chesterfield were unable to make their kicks from the spot count, as Kidderminster progressed to the next round.

U16s

It was the second win of the week against a category three academy side for our U16s side, with a 3-2 victory over Grimsby Town FC U16s.

The Mariners raced into a 2-0 lead, with two quick-fire goals in the opening 15 minutes, despite a strong start from the Spireites.

Simmonite halved the deficit moments before half-time. And with that goal, came the momentum for the second half.

A superb second-half performance saw Stanniland equalise, before Rodriguez slammed home the winner for Chesterfield to complete the comeback.

Extra

In other U16s news, the sides suffered JPL Cup exits, but a special mention to France and Jenkinson for their performances.