Ball’s hoping to bring up his half-century of goals

David Ball scoring against Shrewsbury Town in midweek
David Ball scoring against Shrewsbury Town in midweek

David Ball says that if Town keep up their fine form then he may be able to hit the 50-goal mark for the club.

After netting twice in Fleetwood’s 3-0 win over Shrewsbury on Tuesday night Ball moved his tally up to eight for the season.

The 26-year-old has now scored 43 times in total for the club since his switch from Peterborough in 2012.

He is not just targeting double figures this term but is also trying to reach that 50-goal milestone.

He said: “I think that is what you set for yourself as a striker; if you can get to 10 as quickly as possible then everything else after that becomes a bonus. I certainly set myself that.

“(The 50-goal mark) would be a great milestone for me to get for the club.

“If I could get to that it would be fantastic and I don’t see why that is not possible the way we are playing.

“The lads are creating enough chances for me on the pitch so it would be great if I could get to there at the end of the season.”

Ball believes this season’s dressing room is the best he has been part of in his four years at Town.

He is also enjoying Town boss Uwe Rosler’s blessing to play as an out-and-out striker.

He said: “I’ve played a lot up there in the position I want to play this season and that has obviously has made a big difference for me.

“Maybe when you don’t score you might assist and then you get a game again the next week; for me I’m just really enjoying playing my football at the minute and I’m really enjoying the way we play as a team.”

Ball is expecting a physical battle when Rosler’s eighth-placed men head to the team above them AFC Wimbledon tomorrow.

He said: “Their pitch is very tight and they will probably get it into the big front men as soon as possible so I am expecting a big battle.

“Hopefully we can go there play the way we have been doing, play to our strengths and go there and get three points.

“I think with the away games we have had this season have been very close.

“It could have been 2-1 to us but we have been on the end of a couple of defeats.

“We’ve just got to make sure it goes our way and take our chances on the road.”