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Match preview: FC Halifax Town

2 September 2019

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Chesterfield face FC Halifax Town at the Proact on Tuesday evening (7.45pm). Here is our match preview...

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Team News
 
During the pre-match press conference, Mark Crossley confirmed that Tom Denton has trained with the squad, but will likely miss out on Tuesday night’s clash with the Shaymen. 
 
Anthony Spyrou is still recovering from injury and David Buchanan is also ruled-out.
 
Opposition
 
Manager: Pete Wild
 
Pete Wild is still relatively new to the managerial game after landing his first job with Oldham Athletic late last year. He spent ten years with the Latics beforehand, working with the academy.
 
Following the sacking of Frankie Bunn in December of 2018, Wild was given the caretaker manager role with his boyhood club. 
 
He steered Oldham to two wins in his first two game before then leading the club to a famous 2-1 win away at Fulham in the third round of the FA Cup.
 
He was given the caretaker role again in March of this year after Paul Scholars resigned before being handed the job permanently in the same month.
 
Wild led Oldham to 14th place in League Two before announcing his resignation in May. Halifax appointed him as manager in late July after Jamie Fullarton left the club.
 
Since he took over, Wild has guided the Shaymen to second place, amassing six wins and a draw in his eight games thus far. A win for Halifax could see them go top of the National League.
 
One to Watch: Nathan Clarke
 
Nathan Clarke has been a rock at the back along with his defensive partner, Matty Brown. Halifax have only conceded six goals in the eight games so far this season with the defensive duo proving to be a nuisance to National League attackers.
 
He started his career with Huddersfield Town back in 2001, where he made more than 250 appearances during his 11-year stint. He also had loan spells at Colchester United, Oldham Athletic and Bury.
 
Following the Terriers' promotion to the Championship in 2012, Clarke joined Leyton Orient. He spent three years with the O's and was part of the team that lost in the League One play-off final to Rotherham United in 2014.
 
Upon leaving Orient, the experienced defender had spells with Bradford City, Coventry City and Grimsby Town before making the transition to the National League in 2018 to join Halifax.
 
The 35-year-old made 54 appearance last season, scoring five goals as the Shaymen finished 16th in the National League - just a place behind the Spireites due to goal difference.
 
Clarke has enjoyed his start to this season as Halifax have risen up the table. He’s played all eight games and scored one goal. His goal came on the opening day against Ebbsfleet as he lobbed Nathan Ashmore from his own half in added time to secure a 4-1 win.
 
Head to Head
 
The Spireites have only faced FC Halifax Town twice, with both fixtures taking place last season. Former Halifax striker Tom Denton scored a second-half header to cancel out Matty Kosylo's goal in the 1-1 draw at the Shay back in October.
 
Another former Halifax striker, Scott Boden, scored in the return fixture. The striker’s penalty was enough to give the Spireites a 1-0 win at the Proact in February.
 
The Spireites faced Halifax Town on 92 occasions, winning 43 times. There were 16 draws with Halifax winning 33.
 
From the Dugout:
 
Mark Crossley: “We expect us to be pushing up for the play-offs at least. Halifax are doing really well and we have to match their work-rate.
 
“They’ve got to believe in themselves. Players are going to be anxious but you have to instil the positives in the players."
 

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