We turn our attentions to the Bank Holiday Monday action with a full and in-depth preview of Chesterfield’s visit to The Super 6 Stadium.
Pools v Chesterfield
Saturday 27th August 2018, 3pm
The Super 6 Stadium
Chesterfield are looking to halt an alarming slide which has seen them relegated in two consecutive seasons after finishing bottom of League One and then League Two.
Martin Allen arrived to take charge during the summer and has experience of promotion from the National League having taken Barnet to the title back in 2014/15.
Things started very well for The Spireites under Allen as they won their first three games of the new campaign without even conceding a goal.
However, three consecutive defeats since means that they arrive at The Super 6 Stadium this Bank Holiday Monday level on points with Pools and above us only on goal difference.
On Saturday they looked set to pick up a point against Allen’s former club Barnet only for The Bees to snatch a heart-breaking last-minute winner at The Proact Stadium.
Zavon Hines has enjoyed a great start to the new season having so far helped himself to three goals in Chesterfield’s opening six games.
The former Bradford City and Dagenham & Redbridge hitman joined Chesterfield back in January following his departure from Maidstone United.
Hines scored the winner at Ebbsfleet United on the opening day and was also on the scoresheet in defeats at Barrow and Salford City meaning he’s gunning for a fourth successive away goal on Monday.
Head To Head
Monday’s meeting will be the 90th competitive fixture between the two sides and it’s Chesterfield who have the edge historically having won 42 times in comparison to Pools’ 34 victories.
The most recent encounter came in April 2014 when the promotion-bound Spireites ran out 2-1 winners at The Vic as Luke James’ early goal was cancelled out by strikes from Liam Cooper and Eoin Doyle.
You have to go back to 2011 for the last time Pools got the better of their Derbyshire opponents – that was a 3-2 away triumph which came courtesy of goals from Paul Murray and James Poole (2).
Saturday 12th April 2014
Pools 1 (James 24) Chesterfield 2 (Cooper 30, Doyle 49)
Pools: Rafferty, Duckworth, Collins, Harrison, Holden, Waltson, Walker (Oliver 80), Barmby (Poole 61), Compton (Franks 62), Harewood, James.
Subs not used: Flinders, Richards, Jones, Hawkins.
Chesterfield: Lee, Smith, Hird, Cooper, Darikwa, Evatt, Morsy, Gardner (Roberts 58), Kearns (Humphreys 61), Richards (Gnanduillet 81), Doyle.
Subs not used: Dunbavin, Togwell, O’Shea, Beesley.
Joe Hull will be at The Super 6 Stadium for the first time this season when he’s on the whistle for our encounter with Chesterfield.
Now in to his second season on the National League’s list of referees, Hull oversaw three Pools fixtures during our first campaign in the division.
He saw us defeat Barrow 1-0 in September and was also in Hartlepool for our 1-0 defeat to Guiseley in April, while he was in the middle when we drew 1-1 at Chester in January.
His last outing came on Saturday when he was at Ebbsfleet United to preside over their 3-1 win against Aldershot Town.
Brian Honour will be alongside Mark Simpson in The Super 6 Stadium press box on Saturday afternoon to provide live online commentary for Pools PlayerHD subscribers all over the world.
Our live broadcast will begin at 2.50pm when the lads will set the scene from The Super 6 Stadium and then guide you through every step of the action as it unfolds.
Fans can purchase tickets in advance from The Super 6 Stadium Ticket Office which is open from 10am until kick-off on Saturday.
We’ll also be opening a Matchday Ticket Office behind the EDC Neale Cooper Stand at 1.30pm for fans to go along and buy their tickets.
The bookies have made Chesterfield slight 6/4 favourites for victory on Monday, whilst Pools aren’t too far behind at 7/4 and the draw is available at odds of 23/10 with our friends at Sky Bet.