Academy side one step away from final

The academy’s U23s recently progressed to the National Football Youth League semi-finals after securing a 3-1 victory over I2I International.

Tommy Marshall, Ben Rossiter and Jack Dolman all got on the scoresheet in the quarter-final win.

Coach Oli Greaves said: “It was a good game. We actually went in 1-1 at half time. It was a decent first half; nothing too tough for the lads – not a great standard.

“Second half we scored a great third goal and that gave us the motivation to go on and win the game.

“We said to the lads that it is a cup game, you’ve got to go and win. They play a lot of league matches so when the cup games come around, it’s a special occasion.”

The Spireites are only one game away from the final, which will be played at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.

Greaves spoke about the possibility of playing in a 40,000+ capacity stadium, saying: “That will be a great experience for the lads if we can get there.

“It’s a big stadium – we don’t play in many stadiums. On grass, it will be a different test for them.

“Most of the games are played on Astroturf at our level so, it will be a great opportunity for the lads to get out on a decent pitch.”

Chesterfield will play Barnsley FC at the Barnsley training ground in the semi-final. The game will be played on Friday, March 31 (1:30pm kick-off).