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Preview: Chesterfield v Pools

28 December 2018

Chesterfield v Hartlepool United Funkee Monkey
Chesterfield v Hartlepool United

We turn our attentions to the final action of 2018 with a full and in-depth preview of the National League trip to The Proact Stadium.

Chesterfield v Pools
National League
Saturday 29th December, 3pm
The Proact Stadium

In Opposition
Chesterfield’s struggles since being relegated to the National League reached a head on Thursday when the announcement was made that they had parted ways with boss Martin Allen.

It all looked so promising for The Spireites when they roared out of the blocks by winning their first three games of the season without so much as conceding a goal.

However, things started to unravel after that and they didn’t taste league victory again until the start of this month when they sprung a surprise by defeating promotion-chasing Salford City 2-0.

That win was followed-up by a 5-1 FA Cup triumph over Basford United but they were then beaten 3-1 at Leyton Orient before Boxing Day’s humbling 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Solihull Moors.

That proved the final straw as far as Allen was concerned and John Pemberton will be in temporary charge for Pools’ visit to The Proact Stadium on Saturday.

Star Player
Alex Kiwomya has been in eye-catching form since joining Chesterfield on loan from League One outfit Doncaster Rovers in October.

The 22-year-old scored both goals as The Spireites stunned Salford earlier this month and his pace can be a real handful in the final third.

Kiwomya found the net against Pools when in the colours of Crewe Alexandra at the start of the 2016/17 campaign so Richard Money’s men will need to keep tabs on him if he battles back from injury in time to feature on Saturday.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 91st competitive meeting between the two sides and Chesterfield have the edge historically having won 42 times in comparison to Pools’ 35 triumphs.

Pools did run out winners when the sides last went head-to-head back in August when a brilliant goal from Nicky Featherstone and some determined defending ensured a 1-0 victory at The Super 6 Stadium.

The weekend will see Pools make a fourth visit to Chesterfield’s new stadium – we’ve won one, drawn one and lost one in our previous three encounters there.

Last Meeting
Monday 27th August 2018
Pools 1 (Featherstone 17) Chesterfield 0

Pools: Loach, Donaldson, Kioso, Magnay, Anderson, Kitching, Featherstone, Noble, Woods (McLaughlin 74), Muir (Dinanga 89), James.
Subs not used: Laing, Newton, Cassidy.

Chesterfield: Burton, Evans (Reid 33), Nelson, Hollis, Talbot, Weston, Weir (Fortune 60), Rowley, Muggleton (Shaw 74), Ugwu, Hines.
Subs not used: Barry, Maguire.

Referee
David Richardson will take charge of his first National League game of the 2018/19 season when he’s on the whistle for our visit to The Proact Stadium this weekend.

The official has been on the National League’s list of referees for three seasons now but is yet to be in the middle for a fixture this term.

He has overseen one Pools game in the past when he was at The Vic for our 2-1 defeat to Maidenhead United just before Christmas last year.

Live Coverage
Fans all over the world can stay in touch with the action on Saturday by joining Mark Simpson on Pools PlayerHD for full live online commentary from 2.50pm.

Click here now for more information on joining Pools PlayerHD for the rest of the current season for the knockdown price of just £24.99.

Tickets
Tickets are available in advance from The Super 6 Stadium Ticket Office until 3pm on Friday and after that they will also be on sale at Chesterfield’s Away Ticket Office from 12.30pm on matchday. There are no cash turnstiles.

Click here for full information on tickets for Saturday’s game.

Betting
Chesterfield have been installed as 13/10 favourites for the victory, while Pools look decent value at 2/1 and the bookies are also offering a price of 2/1 on the game ending all-square.

Click here to check out the latest odds and bet boosts for Saturday’s game right now with our friends at Sky Bet.

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Match Reports

Pools Held To A Draw At Chesterfield

29 December 2018

Luke James Shutter Press
Luke James makes it 1-0 to Pools at Chesterfield.

Luke James’ second goal of the season wasn’t enough to hand Pools three points against Chesterfield as they were pegged back for a draw at The Proact Stadium.

The Pools front man pounced clinically in first half stoppage time to drive Richard Money’s men in front after great work in the build-up from Liam Noble.

However, the hosts grew ever more dangerous as the second half wore on and defender Bradley Barry was the man who finally found a way through to secure a share of the spoils for the managerless Spireites.

Money had opted to make three changes to the line-up which started at Gateshead on Boxing Day, with Myles Anderson returning for the injured Andrew Davies and recalls handed to James and Josh Hawkes.

After a scrappy opening quarter of an hour, it was Pools who began to take a hold on the game and they enjoyed the lion’s share of possession against a nervy looking Chesterfield outfit.

Hawkes was first to try and attempt on goal but his saw his long-range effort held by Callum Burton, while he shanked another shot straight at the home keeper after a wonderful driving run from James.

Niko Muir picked the pocket of a home defender on the right side of the area before looking up to lay the ball back across goal for Hawkes but this time the midfield man drilled inches over the bar.

There was a half-chance for Carl Magnay when Liam Noble’s right-wing corner was initially blocked at the front post before Ryan Donaldson fired it back across where Magnay couldn’t react quickly enough and it hit his shins and dropped wide.

However, Pools got the goal their dominance deserved in first half injury time when Noble slalomed between a few challenges to progress to the edge of the area before slipping James in on the right and he slammed a low finish between the legs of Burton to make it 1-0.

Money’s men began the second half in solid fashion too and had a couple of decent chances to extend their lead but James and Hawkes both saw dangerous shots deflected over the bar.

There was a heart in mouth moment at the other end when Shaw went to ground in the area under pressure from Rodgers but the referee was well-placed and waved away strong penalty appeals. Pools broke immediately on the counter and could have made it 2-0 but James’ ball in to the box was fired over the bar by Muir.

There was a huge let-off for Pools when Chesterfield substitute Luke Rawson almost made an instant impact when he fired over from close range with his first touch when it looked easier to score.

The sub was at it again minutes later when he was fed through on goal by Smith but, after an immaculate first touch, he dragged his shot across goal and wide.

An equaliser finally arrived on 75 minutes when Smith’s ball in from the right was kept alive in the middle by Alfie Beestin and full-back Barry was in the right place to ram home from eight yards.

After that the game was in the balance but Pools continued to look capable of getting back in front, Rodgers coming closest when he was picked out at the far post by substitute Nicky Featherstone but his header was held by Burton.

Full Time: Chesterfield 1 Pools 1

Attendance: 4752 (575 Pools)

Booked: Donaldson (90)

Chesterfield: Burton, Barry, Binnom-Williams, Evans, Hollis, Shaw, Smith, Weston, Reid (Sharman 56), Rowley (Beestin 56), Amantchi (Rawson 68).
Subs Not Used: Anyon, Weir.

Pools: Loach, Richardson, Rodgers, Magnay, Anderson, Kitching, Hawkes (Featherstone 87), Noble, Donaldson, Muir, James.
Subs Not Used: Kioso, Newton, McLaughlin, O’Neill.

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Ticket News

Ticket Information For Chesterfield Game

27 December 2018

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Chesterfield play at The Proact Stadium

Here are all the details you need if you want to follow Pools in action at Chesterfield on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

We currently have on sale an initial allocation of 500 tickets for our game at The Proact Stadium and Pools fans will be based in the Harold Lilleker & Sons North Stand.

Tickets are available to purchase in advance from The Super 6 Stadium Ticket Office but they will also be available from Chesterfield’s Away Ticket Office on the day of the game which is open from 12.30pm and accepts cash or cards.

Please note that there are no cash turnstiles in operation so fans are advised to purchase in advance where possible to avoid queuing.

Tickets will are on sale now and they will remain available in advance until 3pm on Friday.

Prices
Adults - £16
Seniors (65+) - £12
Students (with valid ID) - £8
17-20s - £8
Armed Forces (with valid ID) - £8
Under 17s - £6

Ambulant and wheelchair disabled fans will pay as per their relevant age category and will be entitled to a free carer if they’re on high rate DLA or enhanced rate PIP.

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