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Match Preview: Havant & Waterlooville

15 March 2019

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The Spireites travel to Havant and Waterlooville for their second consecutive away fixture on Saturday, kick-off 3pm. Here is our big match preview for the game….


Tickets are priced as follows:

Adult:                                                     £16.00

Concession 60+ & students:              £12.00

Child 5 – 16 years:                                £2.00

Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the Club Superstore.

True Blue Travel places can also be booked online or in the Club Superstore.


Team News

During Thursday’s pre-match press conference, assistant-manager Glynn Snodin confirmed that there are no fresh injury problems to contend with, and said that there is a strong squad to choose from.


The Manager – Lee Bradbury

Bradbury began his professional playing career at Portsmouth, and in his final season in his first spell at Pompey, impressed a number of clubs including Manchester City. He made the move to Manchester in 1997, where he cost them a club record fee at the time of £3 million.

However, he was unable to make an impact in his first season, scoring on just six occasions. Manchester City were relegated that season, and after just one campaign at Maine Road, Bradbury was on the move again.

His next destination was Crystal Palace, but his time in South London lasted less than a year, as he headed back down to the South Coast to join Portsmouth for a second spell in 1999.

His second stint at Portsmouth got Bradbury’s career back on track, as he ended up making over 100 appearances for the club. Unfortunately for the forward, he fell out of contention for a place in the squad, as Portsmouth attempted an assault for the First Division title in the 2002-03 season.

He was loaned out to Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County, and Walsall, before signing a permanent deal at Oxford United.

After his time at ‘The U’s’, the forward was signed by Southend United but was sent out on loan to Bournemouth after a season.

After playing just once for ‘The Cherries’, the deal was made permanent, and Bradbury enjoyed four seasons on the South Coast.

It was at Bournemouth where he started his career as a manager when he was made caretaker manager after Eddie Howe left for Burnley in 2011.

He retired from playing a day later, and his position was made permanent just a couple of weeks after his initial appointment as caretaker boss.

During his first season as manager, Bradbury managed to guide Bournemouth into the League One play-offs. However, they lost out on promotion at the hands of Huddersfield Town on penalties.

The next season, Bournemouth were unable to replicate their good form and Bradbury was dismissed.

He returned to Portsmouth to coach the under-14s for a short period, before moving to his current club Havant and Waterlooville.

The club were relegated from the National League South in 2016, however, under the guidance of Bradbury, they bounced straight back. The secured promotion back to the National League South on the final day of the season, and earnt Bradbury the ‘Manager of the year’ award.

They secured back-to-back promotions last year, as they were promoted to the National League as champions. Havant & Waterlooville currently sit in 21st position in the National League table.


One to Watch – Alfie Rutherford

The 20-year-old striker started his career at Moneyfields FC in the Wessex League. Rutherford then moved to Bognor Regis where he scored an impressive 22 goals in 32 starts.

Rutherford moved to Havant and Waterlooville in the summer of 2016 and has been a crucial member of their squad since being recalled from a loan spell at Eastbourne Borough in October.

Rutherford has notched 13 goals this campaign and the Spireites will have to be aware of the forward if they are to get a positive result on Saturday.


Head to head

This will be the second meeting between the two teams after a goalless draw at the Proact back in November.


From the dugout

Glynn Snodin: "It doesn't matter who we're playing on Saturday. We'll just take it like we have done any other game since we've been here and put a team out there to go and get the three points.”


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