Mellon prepares for final countdown

Fleetwood Town v Bath City. Ryan Jackson.
Fleetwood Town v Bath City. Ryan Jackson.

FLEETWOOD Town manager Micky Mellon says that the club are playing for the greatest prize of all, as they prepare for the final countdown to the season.

On the eve of tomorrow’s home test with Cambridge United, Mellon said: “We are playing to get into the Football League.

“There is no bigger gift that we can give to the town of Fleetwood than a prize like that.”

That is also the incentive for Fleetwood’s closest pursuers in the Blue Square Bet Premier title, second-placed Wrexham.

The two clubs are embroiled in a head-to-head battle that is likely to go right down to the wire.

The Welsh club are breathing down Fleetwood’s necks, but that is not something that deters Mellon and his team – in fact, quite the opposite.

The Fleetwood boss said: “It is good because it keeps everyone on their toes.

“We have to keep winning, and Wrexham know they have to do the same.

“The first one to blink is in trouble.”

Fleetwood report no injury worries in the run-up to tomorrow’s clash.

They missed out on action last week, when the match away to Mansfield was postponed, but Fleetwood did get some practice in this week when they beat Colne in what was billed as a reserve fixture, prevailing by 9-1.

Mellon said: “The result was irrelevant really, and it was just a chance to get everyone back playing on grass again.”

The Cambridge squad includes wing-back Ryan Jackson, who had a spell on loan at Fleetwood earlier in the season.

Jackson has signed for the U’s on loan from AFC Wimbledon until the end of the campaign.

The 21-year-old was a regular in Wimbledon’s Blue Square Bet Premier promotion-winning campaign last season.

During his spell at Highbury, Jackson scored twice in four Conference appearances, both coming on his debut against Lincoln.

Because of the cold snap, this will be Cambridge’s first match since back on January 28, a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Tamworth and they still harbour hopes of reaching the play-off places.

U’s boss Jez George conceded: “We won’t find a tougher game than Fleetwood – but it’s not a bad thing as there will be a real focus because of the size of the challenge.”

As for Mellon, he is aware of the threat posed by Jackson and the re-building work that has been done by George.

Mellon said: “Ryan is a good player and a presence, and we will have to be aware of that.

“Like any former Football League club, Cambridge’s aim is to get back there.

“I know Jez well and I have a lot of time for the job that he has done there, and he has built a completely new team from last season.”

While Fleetwood host Cambridge, Wrexham who are two points behind in second but with a match in hand, entertain struggling Hayes and Yeading.

n MELLON continues to monitor the progress of striker Danny Rowe, who is on loan at Stockport County, where he has proved a success, scoring both goals in their most recent match, a 2-2 draw with Newport County.

The Fleetwood boss said: “We have people watching him play while he is at Stockport.

“We are really pleased at how Danny is doing.

“He is scoring goals and long may it continue.”