LiveRecap: Chesterfield concede three goals in first-half in defeat to Hartlepool United

The Spireites face high-flying Hartlepool United in ANOTHER huge clash in the race for promotion in the National League today (5.20pm KO).

Saturday, 1st May 2021, 8:18 pm
Hartlepool United v Chesterfield - live updates.

This is about as tough as it gets for Town as they try and put an end to third-placed Pools’ 15-match unbeaten run.

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Chesterfield go into this one on the back of a good win at rivals Bromley in midweek, while the hosts have not played for two weeks.

Liam Norcliffe is at the game and will have all the build-up, team news, updates and reaction.

Hartlepool United v Chesterfield: LIVE UPDATES

Last updated: Saturday, 01 May, 2021, 22:28

  • FT: Hartlepool United 3 v 1 Chesterfield
  • Rhys Oates put Pools ahead on five minutes
  • Josef Yarney own goal makes it 2-0
  • Luke Armstrong adds third before half-time
  • Fraser Kerr gets one back against his old club in second-half - his first for Spireites
  • Three changes for Chesterfield as Josef Yarney, Curtis Weston and Nathan Tyson replace Gavin Gunning, Martin Smith and Kairo Mitchell
  • (3-4-1-2): G. Smith; Yarney, Kerr, Maguire (c); Carline, Weston, Oyeleke, Taylor; Clarke; Rowe, Tyson .Subs: Rowley, Mandeville, M.Smith, Whelan, Mitchell.

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A bad day at the office today.

Well beaten.

Torquay at home next up on Monday (3pm KO).

Some low scores today

Liam Norcliffe's Chesterfield player ratings from defeat to Hartlepool United

Chesterfield conceded three times in the first-half as they fell to defeat against Hartlepool United on Saturday.

Rowe reaction to defeat

Chesterfield's first-half performance against Hartlepool was 'unacceptable', says boss James Rowe

Spireites boss James Rowe said Chesterfield’s first-half performance against Hartlepool United was ‘unacceptable’ and that he picked the wrong formation.

FT: Hartlepool United 3 v 1 Chesterfield

A spirited second 45 minutes from the Spireites but the first-half left them with a mountain to climb.

Town remain seventh, and face league leaders Torquay on Monday.

Reaction from James Rowe coming up.

Mandeville chips a ball to the back post, Maguire heads it back across goal but nobody had gambled. Almost full-time now.


It looks like the Spireites are going to fall to defeat, those three goals in the first-half killed the game. Town have rallied, but they’ve given themselves too much to do.

Third Town sub - 82 mins

Clarke off, Mitchell on.

And the Spireites are pressing for a second. They have had more joy in midfield this half.

Shoots wide on the half-volley on his left boot from the edge of the box. He has made an impact since coming on at the break. Thirteen minutes to go, 3-1.

The ball bounces over Yarney’s head on halfway, Oates sprints clear, he should pass it to Armstrong for a tap-in but Maguire just gets back in time to get a foot in. Maguire is injured as a result of his challenge but he is back on the pitch now.

This is better from Chesterfield.

Mandeville danced by a couple of players before curling a shot towards goal from about 20 yards, comfortable stop for Ravas but it was good play by Mandeville.

Yarney’s deep free-kick finds Kerr in loads of space about 12 yards out, not sure if he was going for goal or tried to head it back across the six-yard box but his finish went well wide in the end. He was probably in two minds as to what to do.

Kerr pulls one back from Chesterfield, heading in Mandeville’s corner from the right. His first goal for the Spireites.

Just under half an hour to go.

It’s a start.

Still 3-0. It opened up for Ferguson for a fourth a few moments ago but he slipped in the box.

It looks like 4-2-3-1 now for Town with Mandeville, Clarke and Rowley supporting Rowe.

Goal difference could be crucial come the end of the season so Chesterfield need to keep the Pools out this half.

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