Stanley shocked; Spireites success

  • By: Nick Hext
  • Last Updated: November 2 2012, 18:58 GMT

Nick Hext looks ahead to this weekend's FA Cup first-round games and thinks Accrington will be shocked on Saturday.

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AFC Fylde to defeat Accrington is my selection for a surprise success in the first round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

The Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division side have already tasted victory against Stanley in 2012 with a 6-0 win in pre-season.

They currently sit 10th in the table but are 10 points behind leaders North Ferriby United with four games in hand so a promotion bid is still very much in the offing.

The Coasters are unbeaten in six games and now face an Accrington side adjusting to life after manager Paul Cook's switch to League Two rivals Chesterfield.

Stanley did defeat Bristol Rovers at the weekend to claim a first victory in five games but I don't think they will come away with the spoils in this North West tussle.

AFC Fylde have home advantage and offer great appeal to provide a shock.

The final tip is for Paul Cook's new side Chesterfield to defeat Hartlepool.

The Pools sit bottom of League One after 13 games without a victory and manager Neale Cooper paid the price for that run as he exited his job last week.

Saturday saw them claim an encouraging 2-2 draw at Brentford - courtesy of two own goals - and they have enjoyed some fun this week as defender Peter Hartley told the club's official website.

"On Tuesday afternoon all of the players got together for a team-building afternoon when we booked a hypnotist as entertainment - and what a great laugh we had, it was so funny!

"He made Lewis Hawkins think he was the funniest Japanese comedian in the world! And he could only speak in Japanese - it was hilarious!"

It will be interesting to see if the hypnotist gets the credit if Hartlepool win at the weekend but I don't think that will happen as Chesterfield look to make a statement after the disappointment of losing 1-0 at home to Barnet in Cook's first game as boss.

The Spireites sit 16th in League Two after a disappointing start to the season and Cook has already made it clear to his squad that much more is expected for the remainder of the campaign.

Chesterfield's players should use this chance to show there is more to come from them and I am backing at them to do just that with victory on Saturday.

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