A superb solo goal from Danny James helped Hull City Juniors claim a 3-1 win against Chesterfield at Ideal Standard on Saturday.
Will Annan returned to the starting line up having missed the defeat to Bradford City due to injury with Jake Buckle dropping to the bench. The only other change made by Billy Russell saw Josh Clackstone come in at right back with Jake Rose moving forward into midfield to replace Toyosi Ademiju who featured as a trialist against Bradford.
Chesterfield keeper Miles Wright was forced into an early save to deny Rose but the Tigers were still ahead by the 9th minute. Rose’s cross from the right was inch perfect for Sam O’Connor to head past Wright from close range.
Mason Coy fired well wide for the visitors before Wright had to produce a smart block to deny Devonte Morton who was picked out by Leon Dawson’s long ball.
Eoghan McCawl was off target with a free kick for City and Ben Partridge dragged a shot well wide for the Spireites before the Tigers opened up a two goal lead on the half hour mark. O’Connor sent Morton clear and as he lifted his shot past the advancing Wright, Annan arrived at the far post to turn the ball into the net.
McCawl and O’Connor then combined to create a shooting opportunity for Ryan Fallowfield but he couldn’t find the target from the edge of the box.
The Spireites were back in the game when they pulled a goal back in the 36th minute. Partridge did well on the right and his cross was converted at the near post by Jake Beesley.
City keeper Rory Watson saved comfortably from Oliver Brock and then was pleased to see Coy send a left foot strike just past the post right on half time.
Half Time: Hull City Juniors 2 Chesterfield Juniors 1
Chesterfield dominated the opening minutes of the second period. Watson made a great save to tip Partridge’s shot over the bar and from the resulting corner the City keeper made an even better save to tip over a header from the same player. From that corner Watson held Lawrence Maguire’s header.
City then had a let off when Coy’s right foot strike from the edge of the box came back off the post and when Clackstone’s back pass was intercepted by Jordan Walshaw, he was forced wide by Watson, allowing the City full back time to get back and make a crucial block to recover his error.
City replied with Max Clark firing a free kick wide and O’Connor and Morton creating a great chance for McCawl but he put his shot just the wrong side of the post.
Wright saved from O’Connor, who then saw another shot blocked, before City secured the win with a solo goal from substitute James. He picked the ball up on halfway, ran at the Chesterfield defence and from just inside the box fired a left foot shot into the bottom corner.
The Tigers' victory was the perfect send off for Youth Recruitment Officer Neil Mann who leaves for pastures new in Australia after many years of dedicated service with the Tigers.
Hull City: Rory Watson, Josh Clackstone, Leon Dawson, Ryan Fallowfield, Alex Penny, Max Clark, Jake Rose (Danny James 71), Eoghan McCawl, Sam O’Connor (Mitchell Langton 88), Devonte Morton, Will Annan (Jake Buckle 69).
Subs Not Used: Joe Walker, Joe Pugh.
Chesterfield: Miles Wright, Joe Massey, Jamie McNicholas, Edward Dakwa (Alex Hewitt 36), Regan Edridge, Lawrence Maguire, Ben Partridge, Mason Coy, Jake Beesley, Oliver Brock, Jordan Walshaw (Fabian Johnson 80).
Sub Not Used: Mitchell Mullins.