Hunter inspires Fleetwood comeback

Steven Pressley watches from the stands
Steven Pressley watches from the stands

Chris Lucketti believes Ash Hunter has given himself a great chance to push for a place in Steven Pressley’s new look Fleetwood side.

Town’s new manager watched from the stands as second half sub Hunter inspired a comeback victory - sealed in added time by a Bobby Grant screamer.

Hunter came off the bench to score the equaliser, then rattling the woodwork before Grant blasted home from 20 yards to stun former Fleetwood boss Micky Mellon’s Shrewsbury and book a place in the third round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Lucketti ended his brief caretaker spell with a well-deserved victory and he hailed the spirit his side showed in coming back from behind - former Town man Junior Brown giving the Shrews a half time advantage.

He said: “I’m absolutely delighted for the lads.

“They were fantastic, especially in the second half with their tempo and desire they were just fantastic.

“It takes a lot to battle back from that.

“These are testing times for the lads on the back of the run we’ve had.

“When you go 1-0 down it’s quite easy for the lads to fold.

“But the introduction of Ash Hunter gave us a spark we’d maybe been missing.

“He sparked the team and the crowd into life.

“You can see how everybody’s reacted to him.

“He’s put himself in a great position with the new manager watching.

“He can’t fail to be impressed with how he’s performed.”