Chesterfield’s first team coach Kevin Lynch says winger Gary Roberts will light up League Two after he played a major role in today’s 2-1 friendly win over Huddersfield Town.
Roberts, who won promotion to the Championship with the Terriers two seasons ago, fired Spireites into a 10th minute lead against his former club and looked a constant threat throughout before he was subbed after an hour.
Speaking after the match Lynch said Roberts had a key role to play and would excite the division during the new season.
“Gary is a crowd favourite who will excite in this division,” he said. “There are a lot of players who can learn from Gary, especially our younger players.
“He has a massive part to play in what we are looking to do this season and has a lot to offer.”
Delighted Lynch also praised the players for their solid work-rate despite the scorching summer sunshine.
“It was an excellent work out today, we got out of the game exactly what we wanted,” he added.
“We are really pleased with the fitness levels, especially with the heat today, and the energy levels.
“We showed an excellent attitude and a win is a win, even in pre-season. We have worked hard on energy levels and intensity in training and it is nice to see what we have worked on in training coming through.
“We came in to the game wanting to show good intensity and to pass the ball about and we did that today.
“Huddersfield have to be a benchmark for us because we are coming up against a higher quality of player. It was a great workout today.”
Trialist Jamie Devitt also boosted his chances of earning a contract after he curled home a sweetly struck free-kick from 25 yards on 62 minutes to seal the 2-1 win.
The scoreline could have been even more emphatic had Armand Gnanduillett added to his goal against Buxton when he was denied by a top class save by Bennett on 75 minutes.
Promotion-chasing Spireites face another tough test on Tuesday night when they entertain Nottingham Forest .