Chesterfield 5, Lincoln City 4
Jordan Burrow was the star of the show as Chesterfield FC’s U18s booked their ticket to the final of the Midlands Youth Cup.
The youth team’s No 9 scored a hat-trick as the Spireites knocked out visitors Lincoln in a nine-goal thriller at the B2net.
Dave Bentley’s youngsters now go forward to meet Rushden and Diamonds in the final on a date and a venue to be fixed.
Chesterfield secured their semi-final slot thanks to a 4-3 triumph over Burton and a 4-1 win at Chasetown and the Spireites were worthy of their place in the final although Lincoln pushed them all the way in a very competitive game.
Burrow put the Blues ahead in the 14th minute from the penalty spot after he had been fouled by Imps keeper Kerry Nicolas. He dusted himself down and kept his effort low with a right-foot shot and placed it to the keeper’s left as Nicholas went the wrong way.
The hosts looked fairly comfortable but Lincoln levelled in the 38th minute through Sam Turner who stole a yard on the back line to beat Sam West and make it 1-1.
But in the final minute of the first-half, Jacob Hazel made it 2-1 to Chesterfield.
Nicholas found a Jack Waddle shot too hot to hold and Hazel pounced on the loose ball to lash it home.
Five minutes into the second-half, Chesterfield extended their lead to 3-1. A Waddle free kick reached Hazel at the far post and although his cross grazed the bar, full-back Jordan Edridge who had joined the attack for the set-piece touched the ball home from close range.
In response Lincoln stepped up a gear and Turner hit his second to make it 3-2 in the 64th minute.
The game began to open up and less than 60 seconds later Burrow used his head to glance home an Edridge cross from the right.
It restored Chesterfield’s two-goal cushion but in the 67th minute the unmarked Elliott Green gave Lincoln hope when he headed in a corner at the far post.
Within two minutes it was all square at 4-4 after James Wilson found space in the area to fire past West.
That end-to-end ten-minute spell has seen a flurry of five goals and the match looked to be heading for extra-time until the final minute when Waddle expertly beat his man on the left and sent over a pin-point for Burrow to head in and complete his treble.
Chesterfield: West, Edridge, Handbury, Wall, Palmer, Needham, Wright, Watkiss, Burrow, Hazel, Waddle. Unused subs: McKenzie, Barrington, Dennis, Scully, Noel.
Lincoln: Nicholas, Coupland, Thomas, Cobb, Davies, Green, Turner, Downey, Wilson, Cunningham, Gibson. Unused subs: Barker, Draper, Brewer, Robinson, Leggett.