Youth team beat AFC Mansfield counterparts

Chesterfield Under 21s beat AFC Mansfield 5-1 on Friday night at Inkersall Road. 

Mansfield quickly took the lead before the young Spireites turned on the style to score five goals.

The first action of the night came through an unfortunate error by Blakely. The defender was unable to cut the ball out to Clark, who forced his way into the Chesterfield penalty box.

The Mansfield attacker had Chapman to beat, but slid it across to Hellors (3), who obliged with a toe poke home to make it 1-0 to the visitors.

Good pressure from the young Spireites put Mansfield under pressure, forcing a mistake from Ford. Mansfield were able to clear just before Wood pounced on the loose ball.

Tansley came close to equalising after 15 minutes with a curling effort from the edge of the box; Watson was relieved to see the shot fly past the outside of his left post.

Blakely was desperate to make amends for his earlier effort, bombing up and down the Chesterfield left. He almost played the inch-perfect cross towards Kee, but the number ten was unable to control the power on his hit back across goal.

Bennett (25), who was having a lively game so far from left-back, got himself in the six-yard box and latched onto a dangerous Duhameau cross to tie up the game.

The momentum was fully with the Spireites leading up to the half-hour mark. Grierson (28) beat Watson at the near post from an in-swinging corner to give Chesterfield the lead, despite the best efforts of the Mansfield man on the goal line.

Wood had another chance to increase Chesterfield’s lead after dispossessing Ford. 

Wood then danced past three Mansfield men before unleashing a strike and cracking the crossbar.

Seven minutes into the second half, Chesterfield opened a gap in between the two sides with another fine goal. Tansley nicked the ball in the middle of the park before playing in Duhameau. The striker slipped the ball across to Wood who only had Watson to beat, and did so, smashing a shot past the helpless keeper.

Moments later, Tansley almost turned from playmaker to goalscorer with a superb effort from a free-kick but had to watch as it rocketed off the crossbar.

Chesterfield were cruising now as Torres (61) added a brilliant fourth. Torres drew the defenders to the right-hand side of the box before unleashing a strike into the bottom left corner, out of reach of Watson.

Torres added an assist to his record as he slipped in Wood for the striker’s second goal of the game, and Chesterfield’s fifth.

After going behind, the young Spireites dominated throughout the game, scoring five, and taking all three points away from a vital league game.