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Match Preview: Hartlepool United

25 November 2019

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The Spireites return to the Proact on Tuesday night as they host Hartlepool United in their upcoming National League fixture, kick-off 7:45pm. Here is our big match preview for the game….


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Team News:

Glynn Snodin confirmed on Monday that Sam Wedgbury and Haydn Hollis are back in contention after missing Saturday’s game at Harrogate, however, Josef Yarney is still unavailable as he is continuing to recover from a hamstring strain.


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 Fylde in 2011 and 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 Fylde 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

In the 2017/18 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. 

Last season Challinor took Fylde all the way to the play-off final but were beaten by Salford City in a 3-0 defeat at Wembley Stadium. They returned to Wembley just eight days later for the FA Trophy final where they faced National League champions Leyton Orient. Danny Rowe’s strike on the hour mark was enough to see them lift the trophy for the first time.

His Fylde team struggled at the start of this season and he was eventually sacked last month before taking up the reins at Hartlepool United less than a month later.

Hartlepool currently sit in fourteenth position in the National League table.

One to Watch – Gavan Holohan

Midfielder Holohan was picked up by Hartlepool in February this year after impressing the club when he was on trial.

He began his youth career in his home country of Ireland with Kilkenny but moved over to England to join Hull City where he captained their youth team.

Four years later he moved to Alfreton for a short period but moved back to Ireland, joining Drogheda United before impressive displays earnt him a move to Cork City.

The 27-year-old has most recently had spells with Galway United and Waterford before returning to England with current club Hartlepool.

Holohan has netted six goals from midfield already this season and will be a threat to the Chesterfield defence on Tuesday night.

Head to Head:

The Spireites have the slight upper hand in the previous 91 fixtures between the clubs, winning on 42 occasions and losing out 35 times.

Last time out Tom Denton’s first goal of the season cancelled out Peter Kioso’s early strike in a 1-1 draw at Victoria Park back in September.

From the dugout:

Assistant manager Glynn Snodin: “They’ve been up and down the same as what we’ve had. They’ve had some good results and some indifferent results. It’ll be what happens on the night. If we focus on doing our things right and the basics right, then we will be a tough team to beat.”


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