Challinor To Make Most Of Blank Saturday

Dave Challinor, Harrogate Town v Hartlepool United

Dave Challinor has revealed that he will be making the most of a rare blank Saturday by heading to Notts County to make a personal check on next weekend’s opponents.

The Pools boss was left as frustrated as anyone when Saturday’s scheduled game at Solihull Moors was postponed following a 9.30am pitch inspection.

Challinor and the squad spent the night in a hotel near Solihull in preparation for the game but found out shortly after breakfast that Storm Dennis had put paid to the fixture.

However, Challinor has now swiftly rearranged his plans for the rest of the day to make sure he can go to Meadow Lane for one of the only National League fixtures to so far survive the weather.

“When severe weather is forecast like this you have to look at the situation and say that, regardless of where you are in the country, it’s going to affect you,” Challinor admitted.

“Even if the pitch is playable, the wind that is due to arrive would make the game a bit of a lottery.

“When you look at our division and National Leagues North and South, the amount of games going ahead is minimal so we knew it would have to be something special if we were going to get played.

 “Looking on the bright side, we’ve actually benefitted from training on a really good surface at Aston Villa on Friday.

“Obviously, the disappointing thing is that you haven’t got a game at the end of what has been a really good week of training.

“The planning starts straight away for next week now. I will go to the Notts County game and watch them so that we can very quickly put a plan in place.

“Nottingham isn’t too far away from me so every cloud and all that – it’s still on as I speak so I will go and take in a live game there, which will be useful.

“It’s the second time I’ve been to watch at Notts County this season and the last time was really enjoyable so hopefully this afternoon will be just as good!

“It also gives us an extra day of training because we can really work the lads Monday and Tuesday and get through a lot of stuff we want to do, as well as reinforcing what we did last week.

“The lads will get a chance to go home and relax for the weekend before refocusing on their work on Monday morning.”