THE battle for Conference supremacy and with it a much-coveted place in the Football League continues tomorrow, when Fleetwood Town’s relentless head-to-head continues with their nearest pursuers Wrexham.
Fleetwood entertain Alfreton in Highbury’s third game in eight days, while Wrexham are at Stockport County.
Micky Mellon’s Fleetwood top of the table by two points, while the Welsh club have a valuable match in hand.
While Fleetwood hope for three precious points, Stockport striker Danny Rowe can do a huge favour to his parent club if he continues his fine form at Edgeley Park.
Rowe has been loaned out twice this season by Fleetwood to gain further experience. He hit the goal standard at Droylsden, his seven goals in November earning him the player of the month accolade.
And Rowe has proved he can take the step-up to full Conference level with five goals so far for Stockport.
Rowe’s first priority is to aid Stockport’s fight for safety tomorrow as they currently languish in 19th place in the Blue Square Bet Premier, but he realises that he can also help damage Wrexham’s promotion push in the process.
Rowe is convinced that Fleetwood can end the season with a flourish and will win the title.
He said: “Though I haven’t seen Wrexham yet, I think that Fleetwood are capable of going through the rest of the season unbeaten.
“If we take points off Wrexham tomorrow, it will do Stockport and Fleetwood some good. The decider will probably be when Fleetwood play Wrexham (on April 10).”
Rowe is happy with the way things have panned out with Stockport. His current loan spell ends next weekend, but the deal could well be extended by a further month as Stockport boss Jim Gannon is keen to keep him.
Rowe said: “I know the manager wants me for another month but that would be the last month. “I would then have to go back to Fleetwood and miss the last three matches of the season with Stockport.”
Alfreton insis they won’t be going to Highbury to park the proverbial bus against free-scoring Fleetwood.
Assistant manager Russ O’Neill says his side will not over be overawed by a Fleetwood team that walloped Ebbsfleet 6-2 on Tuesday, despite their 4-1 win at Alfreton in October .
Jamie Vardy scored hat-tricks in both those games and O’Neill said: “Yes, we know it is probably our toughest game of the season but we believe in ourselves.
“We matched them (Fleetwood) for long periods in our home game and we can’t go defensively. Newport County have won there and Tamworth held them to a draw recently, so there is no reason why we can’t have a good go. I can’t see the benefit from doing anything else.”
Alfreton are managed by former Blackpool defender Nicky Law, who made 66 appearances for the Seasiders from 1985 to 1987.
Fleetwood have joyous memories of a milestone match with Alfreton back in May 2010.
That was the afternoon Town clinched promotion to the Blue Square Bet Premier, beating Alfreton 2-1 in the Conference North play-off final at Highbury.
Alfreton’s ranks include former Fleetwood winger Jamie Mullen and Darran Kempson, who was a student at Millfield High School, Thornton.
n STRIKER Richard Brodie scored an amazing seven goals as Fleetwood Town reserves beat Witton Albion 9-1.