Spireites: New Chesterfield FC reserve team ready for East Division challenge

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Spireites’ re-formed reserves team will compete in the East Division of the Final Third Development League in the new season.

Their eight team league, in what in its non-sponsored name is the Central League, will also feature Doncaster Rovers, Gateshead, Hartlepool United, Notts County, Rotherham United, Scunthorpe United and Grimsby Town.

It’s likely that a number of home games will be played at the Proact Stadium.

Academy Manager Mark Smith welcomed the club’s re-entry into the formal second eleven arena. He said: “Keeping players that need development time at home rather than loaning them out is a big advantage. You can work with them all week in the build-up to a game and you’ll know they’ll play in a position and a style that suits the club.

“It also allows the youth team players the opportunity to play against experienced men and that speeds up their development significantly. Young professionals like Laurence Maguire and Jake Beesley who came through the youth set up together with others like Rai Simons, Mani Dieseruvwe and Michael Onovwigun will also benefit from the reserves with regular fixtures guaranteeing regular games against decent players on good pitches.”

Smith also revealed that the vast majority of the nine first year scholars taken on this season have come through Chesterfield’s own academy. “We’re hoping to take on at least six players from our own academy every season. That means we’ll know the players, their personalities and their strengths well and that is positive. Taking on players released from other clubs adds a risk as you don’t know the lad and sometimes you wonder just why they were let go.”

He concluded: “Right from the Under 9’s in our academy I know we’re getting huge efforts and work rate from all of the players, but my aim is to ensure they’re all more comfortable with the ball and be able to keep it for longer periods.”