Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor previews 2021 opener against Wealdstone

Hartlepool United are set to play their first match of 2021 against Wealdstone at Victoria Park this Saturday (3pm kick-off).
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Pools go into the game sitting second in the National League table after ending 2020 with three straight wins.

They’ll be hoping to claim a fourth straight league win for the first time since September 2018 against newly-promoted Wealdstone.

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After winning the National League South last season, The Stones enjoyed a solid start to the 2020-21 campaign. Four straight wins between October and November shot Dean Brennan’s side into the play-off places after eight games.

Hartlepool manager, Dave Challinor. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)Hartlepool manager, Dave Challinor. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)
Hartlepool manager, Dave Challinor. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)

But they now sit two points off the play-off places in 14th and haven’t played since their 4-0 defeat at Maidenhead United on Boxing Day.

On Saturday’s opponents, Hartlepool boss Dave Challinor said: “They’re a new team into the league and they’ve had a difficult transition for them with the way the league has been so far.

“They’re a team that have shown what wins do in terms of the table. They had a run where they won four on the bounce which put them right up there but they’ve struggled slightly since.

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“They’ll be quite happy with where they are currently after coming into a new league and the uncertainty that it brings.

"They’re in the middle of the table knowing that a couple of wins puts them back up at the top end but they’ll be looking over the shoulder a little bit knowing that a couple of wins can change things quickly.”

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