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Match Preview: AFC Fylde

15 February 2019

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The Spireites are hoping to make it back-to-back victories when they face AFC Fylde in the National League on Saturday, kick off 3pm. Here is our big match preview for the game....

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Team News
Even though they have trained all week, Laurence Maguire and Charlie Carter are not likely to be involved in Saturday's game as manager John Sheridan confirmed that they need another friendly in order to get up to match speed.
 
Alfie Beestin's loan deal at Chesterfield has expired and has therefore returned to parent club Doncaster after making 10 appearances for the Spireites.
 
Going into the game, the Spireites have no fresh injury concerns.
 
The Opposition
 
Manager - Dave Challinor
 
As a player, Challinor had spells at Tranmere Rovers, Stockport County and Bury before finishing his playing career at Welsh club Colwyn Bay. He was then appointed manager in 2010 and led the North Wales side to the Vanarama National League North in the 2010/2011 season.
 
They also managed to get their hands on the North Wales Coast Cup that same year and Challinor won the individual accolade of manager of the month in March, April and May 2011.
 
After a successful spell at the club, he moved to current employers Fylde in 2011 and has had great success with the Lancashire club. In his first season, he guided them to the NPL First Division North Championship and was named Evo-Stik NPL Manager of the Year. The next year he guided Fylde to the play-offs of the NPL Premier Division, they were denied a place in the National League North after they lost to Hednesford Town.
 
Twelve months on, the club reached the play-offs and managed to go one better as they reached the National League North. They beat Ashton United on penalties as they reached the sixth tier of English football for the first time in their history.
 
The 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 season saw them have strong FA Cup runs before they were beaten by Millwall and Plymouth Argyle respectively. Fylde then achieved a third promotion under Challinor as they reached the National League and with promotion, they clinched the National League North title.
 
Last season Fylde reached round two of the FA Cup but were beaten by League One Wigan Athletic in a replay in extra-time. In their debut National League campaign they reached the play-offs, however, they were eliminated by Boreham Wood in a 2-1 defeat. 
 
One to Watch - Danny Rowe
 
He is currently the National League's top scorer with 21 goals and is a man that has scored regularly for the Coasters since joining in 2014.
 
After spells at Fleetwood, Stockport and Lincoln, Rowe's stint at Fylde has seen him become the club's record goalscorer.
 
His best season to date was the 2016/2017 season in which Fylde won the National League North title. He scored 48 goals in all competitions and was named National League North 'Player of the Season'.
 
The Spireites will have to keep tabs on Rowe if they are to get a result at Mill Farm on Saturday.
 
Head to Head
 
Both clubs have met each other only twice with the first meeting being a draw at the Proact, and Chesterfield were victorious last time out.
 
Both meetings have come this season. Both sides met in October 2018 in two separate competitions. The first meeting between the two was a goalless draw in the National League at the Proact.
 
Later on that month, they played in an FA Cup fourth qualifying round match with the Spireites prevailing 3-1 thanks to a goal from Will Evans and two strikes from Tom Denton.
 
From the dugout
 
John Sheridan: "It's important we go into that match with the mindset that we have a good chance.
 
"I'd like us to be a bit more positive in front of goal, but we create chances and we should score more goals. Our aim and objective is to get three points from every game."

 

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