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Hartlepool manager hits out at National League regarding Weymouth

Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor hits out at the National League regarding the rearrangement of their match against Weymouth.

The Pools were informed just over a week ago that their National League encounter against The Terras, scheduled for the 24th of April, would be moved to the final day of the 2020-21 season on the 29th of May.

As it stands, the two sides are currently without a game on that date, the final day of the regular 2020-21 season, due to their respective fixtures against Dover Athletic and Macclesfield Town being cancelled after the initial fixture schedule was published in August 2020.

As mentioned by Hartlepool Mail, the National League board gave the fixture rearrangement the green light yet, as of Tuesday (April 20), nothing has been confirmed.

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“There’s absolutely no clarity on the situation and I’m not happy about it,” Challinor said.

“We picked a team on Saturday [at Wealdstone] looking after Luke [Armstrong] with the hope that we can give him some downtime ahead of Chesterfield on the bank holiday weekend.

“I have no idea if we’re playing Weymouth at the weekend or not which is the fault of the National League. They need to do something about it because they made the decision that the game would be moved to the last day and gave the go ahead but Weymouth haven’t been overly forthcoming, which I understand.

“From our perspective, we need to know. We’ve got to plan a week and we’ve got players travelling home and we need to know what we’re doing with them throughout this coming week and that obviously changes if we have a game at the end of it.

“It’s an important game but we’re non the wiser. We were told there would be a definitive answer last week and now we’re still no further forward so it’s something I’m not overly happy about.

“Someone needs to take responsibility at the National League.”

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Earlier in April, Hartlepool manager Dave Challinor told The Mail: “We’ve put our case forward to the National League and it will be their decision that they’ve got to sort out with Weymouth but we haven’t heard anything yet.

“Whether it’s fair or sporting integrity, whatever you want to call it, it’s a difficult scenario that no one wanted to happen.

“In the event the game isn’t rearranged, we’ve just got to make sure that the last game we have against Sutton is an important one with lots riding on it.”

Another positive should the Weymouth match get rearranged is that it will allow fans to return to Victoria Park before the end of the regular season.

From the 17th of May, supporters are set to be allowed back into sport stadiums across the country in limited numbers for the first time since March 2020.

Based on the current fixture schedule, Pools’ final match will take place away at Sutton United on the 22nd of May with limited supporters.

Pools fans are unlikely to be allowed to attend the match at Gander Green Lane under current guidelines.

So should Hartlepool be able to secure a top five place, fans would be permitted to return to Victoria Park for a play-off fixture with a maximum crowd of 3,932.

As the Hartlepool manager hits out at National League regarding the Weymouth rearrangement, here is a look at all the remaining fixtures to play out.

Tuesday 20th April
Aldershot Town 19:00 Kings Lynn Town
Boreham Wood 19:45 Barnet
Chesterfield 19:45 FC Halifax
Wealdstone 19:45 Maidenhead United
Woking 19:45 Torquay United

Saturday 24th April
Aldershot Town 15:00 Wealdstone
Altrincham 15:00 Barnet
Boreham Wood 15:00 Stockport County
FC Halifax 15:00 Bromley
Hartlepool United 15:00 Weymouth
Kings Lynn Town 15:00 Dagenham & Redbridge
Maidenhead United 15:00 Woking
Solihull Moors 15:00 Yeovil Town
Torquay United 15:00 Notts County
Wrexham 15:00 Chesterfield
Eastleigh 17:20 Sutton United

Tuesday 27th April
FC Halifax 19:00 Woking
Kings Lynn Town 19:00 Stockport County
Sutton United 19:00 Barnet
Torquay United 19:00 Aldershot Town
Yeovil Town 19:00 Solihull Moors
Bromley 19:45 Chesterfield
Eastleigh 19:45 Notts County
Maidenhead United 19:45 Weymouth

Saturday 1st May
Altrincham 15:00 Notts County
Barnet 15:00 Dagenham & Redbridge
FC Halifax 15:00 Stockport County
Hartlepool United 15:00 Chesterfield
Kings Lynn Town 15:00 Maidenhead United
Sutton United 15:00 Aldershot Town
Torquay United 15:00 Eastleigh
Wealdstone 15:00 Yeovil Town
Woking 15:00 Weymouth
Wrexham 15:00 Solihull Moors

Monday 3rd May
Boreham Wood 15:00 Kings Lynn Town
Bromley 15:00 Hartlepool United
Chesterfield 15:00 Torquay United
Dagenham & Redbridge 15:00 Woking
Maidenhead United 15:00 Wrexham
Notts County 15:00 Sutton United
Solihull Moors 15:00 Altrincham
Stockport County 15:00 Wealdstone
Weymouth 15:00 Barnet
Yeovil Town 15:00 FC Halifax

Saturday 8th May
Altrincham 15:00 Eastleigh
Barnet 15:00 Notts County
FC Halifax 15:00 Boreham Wood
Hartlepool United 15:00 Maidenhead United
Kings Lynn Town 15:00 Solihull Moors
Sutton United 15:00 Weymouth
Torquay United 15:00 Bromley
Wealdstone 15:00 Dagenham & Redbridge
Woking 15:00 Chesterfield
Wrexham 15:00 Yeovil Town

Tuesday 11th May
Aldershot Town 19:00 Yeovil Town
Stockport County 19:00 Dagenham & Redbridge
Sutton United 19:00 Woking
Chesterfield 19:45 Kings Lynn Town
Maidenhead United 19:45 Notts County
Solihull Moors 19:45 Weymouth
Wealdstone 19:45 Bromley

Saturday 15th May
Aldershot Town 15:00 Hartlepool United
Boreham Wood 15:00 Wrexham
Chesterfield 15:00 Wealdstone
Dagenham & Redbridge 15:00 FC Halifax
Eastleigh 15:00 Barnet
Maidenhead United 15:00 Sutton United
Notts County 15:00 Bromley
Solihull Moors 15:00 Woking
Stockport County 15:00 Torquay United
Weymouth 15:00 Altrincham
Yeovil Town 15:00 Kings Lynn Town

Tuesday 18th May
Aldershot Town 19:00 Eastleigh
Solihull Moors 19:00 Barnet
Wrexham 19:00 Notts County
Weymouth 19:45 Boreham Wood
Yeovil Town 19:45 Maidenhead United

Saturday 22nd May
Altrincham 14:00 Yeovil Town
Aldershot Town 15:00 Bromley
Chesterfield 15:00 Dagenham & Redbridge
Eastleigh 15:00 Boreham Wood
Maidenhead United 15:00 FC Halifax
Notts County 15:00 Weymouth
Stockport County 15:00 Woking
Sutton United 15:00 Hartlepool United
Torquay United 15:00 Barnet
Wealdstone 15:00 Solihull Moors
Wrexham 15:00 Kings Lynn Town

Tuesday 25th May
Barnet 19:45 Maidenhead United

Saturday 29th May
Altrincham 15:00 Torquay United
Barnet 15:00 Sutton United
Boreham Wood 15:00 Maidenhead United
Bromley 15:00 Notts County
Dagenham & Redbridge 15:00 Wrexham
FC Halifax 15:00 Chesterfield
Kings Lynn Town 15:00 Aldershot Town
Solihull Moors 15:00 Eastleigh
Woking 15:00 Wealdstone
Yeovil Town 15:00 Stockport County

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