On Tuesday 27th October 2009 I went to watch Chesterfield’s youth side play Mansfield Town youth in the first round of the FA Youth Cup. The game was held at Saltergate and the attendance was higher than we had seen at some of the non-league tuesday night games.
Chesterfield couldn’t have got off to a better start when they took a 1-0 lead after just 10 seconds, making it the quickest goal I had seen and possibly the quickest goal ever at Saltergate. Jimmy Adcock ran straight from kick off and stuck the ball in the net before Mansfield Town had even touched the ball. Chesterfield continued to dominate a made it 2-0 on the half hour mark when Ben Watkis fired home.
At half time me and my Dad wandered down to the touch line and took some photos of the start of the second half action. Chesterfield made it 3-0 just after half time when Watkis curled the ball right into the top corner. The Stags pulled one back from the spot late on. However on the 87th minute Adcock made sure of the victory in terrific style and put Chesterfield into the second round of the FA youth cup.
It had been a very good game, much better than I had expected and the Chesterfield youth side looked a very good team who will be hard to beat.
On the way home we stopped off at the new stadium which is now coming along nicely with a three stands up now. Its hard to imagine that this time next year that will be where we go to watch our football.
See below for photos.
Saltergate lit up at night
The teams line up
Chesterfield’s Youth team manager Dave Bentley and his assistant Mark Jules
First team manager John Sheridan and chairman Barry Hubbard were in attendance
The view from the main stand
The Chesterfield players celebrate taking a 3-0 lead
The main stand from grass level
Chesterfield players celebrate taking a 4-1 lead and the game is over
The new stadium