Hazel double seals title for young guns

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Spireites Under 18’s showed their first team the way to the Championship.

Dave Bentley’s youngsters saw off Scunthorpe United to clinch the Youth Alliance North East Conference title in their final league game.

Jacob Hazel, son of former Spireite and Owls man Des, bagged a brace to ensure that Notts County can’t overtake them at the head of the table.

The seniors set off today for tomorrow night’s game at play-off chasing Torquay United needing to halt their own recent dip in form. John Sheridan’s men have notched just two points from their last four away games and they now head Bury by just two points with two games to play.

Paul Buckle’s United are unbeaten in 10 but they’ve only managed to draw their last three games to drop out of the top seven.

Dean Morgan (thigh) is a doubt for the game whilst Jack Lester, frequently rested for away games, is likely to start. Drew Talbot could revert to right wing from full back, where he has figured prominently for the last couple of months, with Dean Holden moving from centre back to allow for the return of fit again Simon Ford.

Bury play on Saturday at home to fourth-placed Wycombe Wanderers. A win for Spireites at Plainmoor would mean that should Bury fail to beat Chairboys, the title would be Chesterfield’s.