Blades keeper's Saltergate test

SHEFFIELD UNITED goalie Jamie Annerson thoroughly enjoyed his first viewing of loan-club employers Chesterfield.

Annerson went to the Spireites when the club parted company with their second choice keeper for the last two seasons, Michael Jordan.

Lee Richardson teamed 19 year old Annerson up again with his pal Lloyd Kerry, who hit two goals in Friday night's 4-1 win over Lincoln City, a game that provided Annerson with his first sight of his new club.

"I thought they played really well" he said.

"My mate Lloyd scored a couple of goals and they've had a good run of results so hopefully that can continue," said the 6ft 2ins keeper.

"I found out about the possibility of going to Chesterfield last week. Lee Richardson had spoken to our goalkeeping coach Andy Leaning and Scott Sellars had also phoned Ron Reid and our academy goalie coach Bob Widdowson and they all said it was an opportunity to come to Chesterfield and put Barry Roche under a bit of pressure and fight for a place."

It is Annerson's second loan of the season, his first brought him just one game, but that brought about the bonus of a penalty shoot-out.

"I was at Rotherham United for three months earlier in the season. I went in a similar situation to coming here and whilst I was there, they were flying and Andy Warrington was playing really well so I managed only one game in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and I didn't have many opportunities."

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That game, a 1-1 home draw with eventual JPT finalists Grimsby Town, ended with a 4-2 defeat on penalties after he'd saved the first 12 yarder from spot kick specialist Ciaran Toner.

Annerson has already had the honour of representing his country: "That was last season; I'm too old for the U19's now so it's the U21's as the next target but I obviously need to get into league football to push for that but last season I played four games and really enjoyed it."

His appearances for England U19s were as a half time sub in a 3-2 win over Switzerland at Crewe followed by three full games, a 4-1 win over Poland at Bournemouth, a 1-0 triumph over Turkey at Doncaster and a 0-2 defeat at Walsall against Russia.

Born in Sheffield, he only signed on for United as a 16 year-old: "When I was a schoolboy, I was at Leeds United but I didn't get kept on there and I did my apprenticeship at Sheffield United and I'm now in my fourth year full time there."

His aspirations for his time at Saltergate are clear.

"Hopefully I'll be able to get some experience out on loan and go back to Bramall Lane when I've got some games under my belt and try and show what I can do there.

"But at the moment I'm just trying to get that experience and then, hopefully push on. It's my aim to help Chesterfield to win promotion by putting Barry under pressure and try and get a place in the team.

He concluded: "A few lads in age groups above us who've gone on and made careers at other clubs and that's what a lot of lads of mine and Lloyd's age are going to look to do."

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