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Match Preview: AFC Fylde

5 October 2018

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The Spireites face AFC Fylde at the Proact on Saturday, kick-off 3 pm. Here is our big match preview for the game….


Tickets can be bought online, or supporters can purchase their tickets on the day of the game, from the Club Superstore from 10am-12pm and then from the ticket office, which will be open from 12 pm until kick off.

Team News

The Spireites will be without Charlie Carter for Saturday’s fixture, as he limped off during Chesterfield’s last game away at Maidstone United. In Thursday’s pre-match press conference, Martin Allen stated that he is waiting to ascertain the full extent of the winger’s injury.

The boss said: “Charlie has got ligament damage and I'm waiting to find out the full extent of that.

That's not going to be a short-term injury but I can't disclose fully what's happened until we have a meeting with a consultant.”

The Opposition

The Manager – Dave Challinor

As a player, Challinor had spells at Tranmere Rovers, Stockport County and Bury, before finishing his playing career at Colwyn Bay. He was then appointed manager of the North Wales club in May 2010, and in his first season guided them to promotion to the National League North. They also went onto win the North Wales Coast Cup that year, and Challinor won manager of the month in March, April and May 2011.

After a successful spell on the North Wales coast, the 42-year-old made the move to his current club Fylde in November 2011. He hit the ground running, and in his first season with the club, he led them to the NPL First Division North championship and was named Evo-Stik NPL Manager of the Year. The next season Fylde made it to the Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division playoffs, however, they were beaten by Hednesford Town who were promoted to the National League North.

The next season saw Challinor take Fylde into the playoffs once again, but this time they went one better. After beating Worksop Town they faced Ashton United in the final, which they won on penalties, gaining promotion to the National League North for the first time in the club’s history.

They had two successful FA Cup runs during the 2014/15 and 2015/16 season, where Challinor led the club into the first round of the competition, eventually losing to Plymouth Argyle and Millwall. Just three years after getting promoted to the National League North for the first time, Fylde clinched promotion to the National League for the first time in their history.

Last season was another successful year for Fylde, as they qualified for the second round of the FA Cup for the first time, and finished the season in the National League play-off places. Having gained their highest ever league position Fylde faced Boreham Wood in the playoffs, but were beaten 2-1 by the eventual finalists.

One to Watch – Danny Rowe

After short spells at the likes of Fleetwood, Stockport County and Lincoln, the former Manchester United youth player has been scoring regularly since moving to Fylde in 2014. During his four years at the club, the 28-year-old has become Fylde’s record goalscorer, notching 146 goals.

His most impressive season was the year that Fylde gained promotion to the National League, in which the striker scored 48 goals in all competitions and was named National League North Player of the Season.

Having scored eight already this campaign, Rowe undoubtedly has an eye for goal, and the Spireites will have to keep a close eye on the forward if they are to be victorious on Saturday.

Head to head

This is the first time that Chesterfield have come up against Saturday’s opponents.

From the dugout

Martin Allen: "It's a different test to what we've had. They're a very good team and they're very well coached. They were close last year, so it is a full-on test, as every game is."


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