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 played friendlies at the Derby County Training Centre – Moor Farm. 

The youngsters took on Derby County and Preston North End, competing well in all games against CAT1 & CAT2 sides. The side created plenty of chances, scoring many goals, making it a good day for their learning and development.

U8s

Like the U7s, Chesterfield U8s travelled down to Moor Farm. It was a great test for the young players to battle it out against CAT1 & CAT2 opposition. They fought well in all games, keeping the games very competitive. 

Plenty of chances were created by both sides, with lots more positives to take from the games. A good learning experience for the young Spireites.

U9s

A tight, competitive game against Tansley Tigers gave the Chesterfield players a chance to develop. 

They were pushed all the way by energetic opponents, creating an exciting game for the spectator with goals galore and some creative attacking futsal football.

U10s

Chesterfield U10s battled it out against UFCA Black in the National Final. Coach Barber was missing several key players but fought well against a strong opponent. The players learned a lot from the game, taking away important aspects such as game management and resilience.

U12s

Chesterfield’s U12s game versus Evo Soccer in the JPL Yorkshire was, sadly, called off due to a frozen pitch.

U13

Game One

Chesterfield U13s visited Worksop Academy to play Worksop Town in the mixed friendly. With the squad mixed with the U12s, the side faced a difficult task of playing with some unknown teammates. 

It looked as though, they gelled well together as the young Spireites brought away a rather convincing 7-0 win.

The side came in at half-time 4-0 up, before killing off the game with another three unanswered goals in the second half.

Charles, Russell and a Jenkins brace wrapped up the first 45 minutes, with Donsworth and Rooke adding the next two. An own goal was the cherry on top of the cake as Chesterfield came away with a comfortable 7-0 victory.

The U13s coach said after the game: “To say we had players who didn’t know the rest of the team, it was a very strong performance. It’s always good to keep a clean sheet, too.

“We gave the boys objectives and aims in the second half of the match, and they listened well.”

Game Two

Chesterfield Yorkshire U13s welcomed Yorkshire RTC for their JPL match. Both sides were on target in the opening exchanges, with the teams level at 1-1 when the half-time whistle blew.

Chesterfield were able to dominate for large parts of the game but were unable to take their chances, missing a penalty as well as other clear-cut chances throughout the 90 minutes.

The young Spireites came away from the league game with a valuable point but felt they should have had all three.

U14s

Game One

Chesterfield’s Yorkshire U14s took on a strong South Shields side in the JPL.

A slow first-half saw the visitors go into the break with a solid 2-0 lead. The young Spireites needed to do a lot better if they were to get a result from this game.

With a pep-talk at half-time, Chesterfield came firing out of the blocks in the second half. What looked to be a comfortable victory for South Shields, the tide quickly turned with the Spireites firing in five unanswered goals in the second 45 minutes.

Stringer powered home a brace, with Turner, Shepperd and Flude chipping in to complete the comeback.

Despite the plethora of goal scorers, Humphreys and Justice were both awarded the MOTM award for their consistency and leadership on the pitch. 

Game Two

The second Chesterfield U14s side had a tough day at the office against Yaxley FC in the JPL. The young Spireites came away from Yaxley with a 6-1 loss, but there were many positives to take from the game. 

The U14s coach had his say on his side’s performance: “The 6-1 scoreline doesn’t reflect the match at all. 

“The first quarter, we did really well. We definitely should have got a bit more reward. It was a good performance.

“We looked the stronger team and looked in control of the game. But after the first quarter, we sat back, getting deeper and deeper, letting them dictate the play and that’s what went wrong.

“We’ve just got to keep on going. We’ve got to try to be brave and positive on the pitch.

“The level of opposition in this league is going to be good, which test us every weekend. But we are looking forward to it.”

U15s

Game One

Chesterfield’s Yorkshire U15s looked to take on Yorkshire Elite, but once again, frozen pitches and fog claimed the life of another football match.

With the coach not wanting to waste the day, the young Spireites were put through their paces, working on some passing and skills – helped keep them warm, too!

Game Two

Chesterfield U15s Midlands took on Worksop Town 15/16s in a friendly to pick up their match fitness, while bettering their team connection and working on their individual developments. 

The young Spireites went into the break one goal behind but two smart goals from Izzard completed the turnaround in a smash-and-grab game between equal sides.

U16s

Game One 

Chesterfield Yorkshire/Midlands mixed U16s travelled to Highfield School in Matlock to take on Bradford FC. 

Both sides performed well, making for an end-to-end battle. Chesterfield’s youngsters controlled the midfield, with the defence holding for the majority of the game.

As the clock moved ever closer to the full 90 minutes, Chesterfield won a penalty and tucked away the equaliser to salvage a point for the young Spireites.

There were many positives to take from the battle against Bradford, all over the pitch. It also showed that the players are able to fight right until the end, with their persistence rewarded with a last-ditch equaliser.

Game Two

Chesterfield’s EDS squad travelled to Worksop Town for an away friendly – another chance at development.

Simmonite stole the spotlight during the game, bagging five goals in a 6-0 first half, and winning the Man of the Match award. Clarke added the sixth before Tindall, Thompson, Morgan and a trialist joined in to make it a strong 10-0 result for Chesterfield’s U16 side.

U18s

The U18s looked to take on Ossett United but lost out to fog and a frozen pitch, as the game was called off.