Blues add teen spirit

Two talented teenagers – Jamie Jackson and Jamie Lowry – have signed two-year professional contracts with Chesterfield FC.

The duo, who have completed three-year scholarships with the Spireites, now have a chance to make a name for themselves in the senior game.

Manager Roy McFarland said the 19-year-old pair had a great opportunity now they had put pen to paper.

''Other clubs had been interested in them but it was very pleasing for me because they wanted to sign before I had put the contracts on the table.

Jackson, a striker, is the half-brother Kevin Davies. McFarland said: 'He is very quick and can finish. He's a bundle of energy.''

Lowry is primarily a right-back who can also play in midfield. ''He's quite a cultured player and we hope he will continue to develop,'' said the manager.

Both players are current members of the Spireties high-flying youth team that are in contention to finish as league champions of The Football League Youth Alliance North and Midlands East Conference League.

Fellow youth-team player Ashley Foyle has broken into the first-team but McFarland wants to wait until the end of the season before he makes any decision.

''Ashley is a central defender and I already have a few of those. It's a crowded market.

''But he's a super kid and if it came to courage and determination, he'd be a gold medal contender,'' said McFarland.

Meanwhile, there were fears that a calf injury would bring a premature end to Jamie O'Hara's season after he limped off in the 1-1 draw at Barnsley.

But it appears that the on-loan Tottenham teenager was suffering from no more than cramp and he is expected to be available to play against promotion-chasing Colchester United at Saltergate on Saturday.

Colin Larkin and Alex Bailey both had to come off with lead-legs but both should have recovered in time for this weekend.

Frontman Caleb Folan, however, may be forced to watch the game from the stands.

For he took a knock on his knee at Barnsley, which is currently swolen and sore.

On Tuesday evening, Chesterfield travel to play promotion-contenders Huddersfield Town.