DESPITE a dominant performance, the Young Brewers were beaten 2-1 by Chesterfield in the EFL Youth Alliance, with Ethan Vale scoring for the under 18s directly from a corner.
The visitors started the stronger at St. George’s Park and caused Albion trouble in the early stages.
The Young Brewers started to get control of the game when Jack Holmes, who was causing Chesterfield problems all game, forced a good save.
The deadlock was broken when Vale, who produced a number of good set-piece deliveries, curled a corner kick straight into the top corner of the net, beating the Chesterfield goalkeeper.
However, the lead did not last long and Chesterfield were level just three minutes later. Nathan Smith did well to make an initial save, but he was powerless to do anything about the follow up.
After the break, Albion dominated the game. Tom Hewlett and Kyle Clamp both forced brilliant saves, while Jack Holmes also went close with a curling effort from the edge of the box.
Jack Bromfield also hit the target from the edge of the area, but was denied by the visiting goalkeeper.
Despite all of their second-half chances, the Young Brewers were beaten by a late goal, when Albion lost the ball in their own half and they could do little to deny Chesterfield their second goal.
More pressure followed from the hosts, but Chesterfield held firm to secure all three points.