Hartlepool v Chester
Tuesday, August 15th
Kick Off: 19:45
It has been an unbeaten start to the season so far for Jon McCarthy’s men as they gear up to face Hartlepool United.
Following on from their 1-1 draw to newly promoted Fylde, the Blues then played out a 0-0 stalemate at home to FC Halifax and are looking to build on the unbeaten start and find their first win against another newcomer to the National League.
Having been relegated from the football league last season, Hartlepool United are currently playing in non-league for the first time in the club’s history, and have yet to earn their first win of the campaign following defeats to Maidenhead and Dover and a draw away to Macclesfield.
Despite their underwhelming start to the season, Hartlepool are a threat that Chester need to take very seriously – especially as they return to Victoria Park looking for their first three points of the campaign.
Pools manager Craig Harrison could have former Chester Club Captain Luke George available to face the Blues following an injury keeping him out of the opening three games.
Chester’s Nyal Bell will be unlikely to feature against Hartlepool after the forward suffered an injury to his teeth in the Blues opening fixture and was forced to miss the 0-0 draw against Halifax on Saturday.
Referee: Glen Hart; Assistant Referees: Matthew Sowerby, Elliott Heward; Fourth Official: Andrew Kitchen.
Match Preview by Danny Garbett.
Here’s some Hartlepool vs Chester stats ahead of tonight’s game – courtesy of our Club Historian, Chas Sumner:
1. Hartlepool are the 99th different team that the Blues have faced in the league since 2010
2. In 48 Football League visits to Hartlepool, Chester won 12, drew 11 and lost 25
3. Chester’s last league visit to Hartlepool was in March 2007 when they lost 3-0. Phil Bolland was sent off for the Blues.
4. Chester have failed to win any of their last 16 league visits to Victoria Park in which time they have only scored 5 goals
5. The last victory was in January 1971 when Chester won 2-0 thanks to Eddie Loyden and an own goal.
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