FLEETWOOD Town’s bid to crown their debut season in the Blue Sqare Bet Premier with a place in the play-offs will go down to wire following last night’s 2-1 away defeat by promotion rivals Kidderminster Harriers.
Despite the setback, Town’s fate is still in their own hands. They occupy the final play-off spot and will go no lower if they win their final two matches, at home to Barrow on Monday and at Cambridge next Saturday.
However, the Harriers remain alive in the three-way race for fifth spot after recovering from a half-time deficit to end Town’s five-match winning run with two goals in four minutes from Jack Byrne.
They are now just a point behind Fleetwood, while York City can pull level with Town with victory at Darlington today (though Fleetwood’s goal difference is far superior).
The night had begun so well for Fleetwood as recalled winger Jamie Mullan timed his first goal of the season perfectly to give the visitors the lead six minutes before half-time.
Illness to top scorer Magno Vieira had meant a start for record signing George Donnelly, though the Town striker squandered a fine opportunity to put his side 2-1 ahead and was sent off in stoppage time for a second bookable offence. Town were cheered on by 429 travelling supporters, many of whom had made the journey for free in the eight coaches laid on by chairman Andy Pilley.