Match preview: Hartlepool United (h)


Manager: Dave Challinor

Fact File: Age – 45

Years spent as footballer – 17 years

Position – Central Defender

Teams played for – Tranmere Rovers (1994-2002), Stockport County (2002-2004), Bury (2004 loan & 2004-2008) and Colwyn Bay (2008-2011).

Years spent in management – Ten

Teams managed – Colwyn Bay (2010-2011), AFC Fylde (2011-2019) and Hartlepool United (2019-2020).

Record against Chesterfield as manager – P5     W1     D1     L3

One to Watch: Nicky Featherstone

Age: 32

Position: Midfielder

What clubs has he played for? Hull City (2006-2011), North Ferriby United on loan (2007), Grimsby Town on loan (2009-2010 & 2010), Hereford United (2011-2012), Walsall (2012-2014), Scunthorpe United (2014), Harrogate United (2014) and Hartlepool United (2014-Present).

Last Season’s Stats in All Competitions:

Games Played: 41

Goals: Three

Assists: None

Yellow Cards: Eight

Red Cards: None

Minutes Played: 3,196

Head to Head

The two sides have met each other 93 times, with Chesterfield recording 42 wins. Hartlepool have recorded 36 victories and the fixture has produced 15 draws.

Form Guide

Hartlepool had a good pre-season, winning three out of their four friendlies. The Pools also got off to a winning start in the National League, beating Aldershot Town 2-1 on Saturday.

Team News

John Pemberton will assess Nathan Tyson’s fitness before finalising his selection plans.

Curtis Weston could be poised for a starting spot after playing in the second half against Guiseley in the final pre-season friendly.

From the dugout:

John Pemberton: “It’s going to be difficult because they’re a good side. I’m hoping that we’ll be chomping to get going.”

How to follow the match:

A reminder that this game is behind-closed-doors – please do not attempt to access the stadium or the car park.

The game is available to stream at a cost of £10. You can find the stream via this link:

Audio commentary will be provided in association with Elastic FM via a link on the club website/social media channels in the build-up to kick-off.

There will also be regular updates on our social media channels before the match and throughout the 90 minutes.