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Match preview: Hartlepool United

23 September 2019

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The Spireites will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat at Sutton United when they travel to Hartlepool on Tuesday night in their next National League fixture, kick off 7.45pm. Here is our match preview…


Spireites fans can purchase a ticket (cash) from turnstiles 1 & 2 next to the ticket office on Clarence Road from approximately one hour prior to kick-off. Card payments can be made in the main ticket office.

The full capacity for the away end is 1,035 (including wheelchair spaces), any ambulant/wheelchair disabled, or carer tickets would need to be purchased from the main ticket office. Carer tickets are issued free of charge if in receipt of high rate DLA or enhanced rate PIP (letter to be shown).

Prices are as follows: £18 for Adults (19+), £9 for Seniors (60+)/Students/Under 19s/Armed Forces, £5 for Under 16s and Under 5s are free. Wheelchair/Ambulant Disabled are charged at the relevant age category with free carer if on high rate DLA/enhanced rate PIP.
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Spireites fans need to be in the Smith & Graham stands – further blocks will be released if necessary.

Team News:

Speaking in Monday's pre-match press conference, coach Mark Crossley said there would be several changes made to the side. Tom Denton is pressing for a starting role after coming on as a substitute at Sutton on Saturday. Liam Mandeville is also in contention after featuring as a substitute at the weekend. Anthony Gerrard, David Buchanan and Anthony Spyrou are all still out injured.


Manager: Craig Hignett

Hartlepool’s boss enjoyed a 21-year playing career which saw him play for the likes of Middlesbrough, Barnsley and Leicester City. He also turned out for Hartlepool United for a short spell towards the back end of his career.

Hignett’s first spell at Pools began in February 2016 when the club was still in the Football League.
Following his departure in 2017, he re-joined in March 2018 as director of football and took temporary charge in November before being reinstated as manager last January.

His side currently sit 14th in the league after a steady start to the season.

One to watch: Gime Toure

Toure joined Pools in the summer from Sutton United having previously spending the first half of last season at AFC Fylde.

The Frenchman concluded the season with seven goals in 41 games and has netted five times so far this term.

He began his career in France for Viry Chatillon and impressed with his pace and power, eventually earning himself a trial at West Bromwich Albion.

After two years back in France he touched down back in England as a Macclesfield player. His 6' 2" physical presence, mixed with threatening speed, will need monitoring by the Spireites.

Head to Head:

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

The points were shared when the two teams met last December in a 1-1 draw at the Proact.

From the dugout:

Coach Mark Crossley said: "We want a response tomorrow night at Hartlepool. They've got to work harder, it's as simple as that."

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