Whilst Spireites’ first team are contemplating another tough cup visit to Milton Keynes Dons, former Owl Mark Smith’s U18’s are celebrating the clubs’ best win in the FA Youth Cup in over 30 years.
Having seen off Stocksbridge Parks Steels and AFC Fylde in the first two rounds, the Chesterfield youngsters hosted Aston Villa at the Proact having not beaten a ‘top flight’ team’s U18’s since Phil Brown’s goal beat Leicester City in 1983.
Early in the second half, Villa went two up and seemed set to coast home but the spirit of the Spireites then came into play. Jordan Walshaw fired home an angled effort a couple of minutes after Villa’s second and from them on they always looked the more dangerous side.
However it took until the 80th minute for the home side to get back on level terms when sub Kabine Dumbuya chipped the keeper and that was soon followed by a crisp strike from Tope Fowodu to win it.
Smith said: “We’ve got a good set of kids and a great spirit. We’ve been behind a number of times in our league games this season but we always seem to come back, there’s a never say die attitude. Once our first one went it, I thought there’d only be one winner after that.”
The seniors make the long trip to Gillingham this weekend having to cope with another, unwanted cup game after the FA deemed a replay of the game won 1-0 at MK Dons was the right course of action to take as a result of Georg Margreitter’s non-submitted loan permission paperwork.
Sam Morsy and Dan Jones will both be missing due to suspension whilst Margreitter has returned to Wolves. Sam Hird and Ian Evatt look set to return after injury.