Wrexham neck-in-neck with Fleetwood at top

Micky Mellon's Town team sit just behind Wrexham on goal difference.

Micky Mellon's Town team sit just behind Wrexham on goal difference.

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Fleetwood Town and Wrexham enter the vital Christmas and New Year period going at it hammer and tongs at the head of Blue Square Bet Premier.

Only goal-difference separates the two clubs.

But while Fleetwood manager Micky Mellon will be looking to replenish his squad during the January transfer window, his counterpart at Wrexham has other concerns. Morrell is likely to be occupied in fending off bids from rival clubs for his in-demand players.

Morrell said: “I’m going to get offers for some people, I don’t know who, and I don’t want to accept any of them.”

A new regime has moved into the board-room at Wrexham this season with the promise of cutting debt.

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Goodall says results are best reward

Fleetwood defender Alan Goodall has had an exacting schedule along with the rest of the team – but he says it is worth it because of the results.

He said: “It’s brilliant – we’ve had three tough away games and the heavy pitches are tough on your legs, but it’s always going to be like that.

“You have to play the conditions, and the last couple of games we have been doing that.

“Sometimes I think we try to over-play it, but that’s just because of the quality players we have in the team.

“It’s been a busy time but we’re getting the results, so it’s good.”

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Town’s opposition surprise everyone

Southport, who play Fleetwood Town twice over the holiday, are one of the surprise packages of the season in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

In the first place they shouldn’t even be in the competition and they have confounded everyone by rising to third place in the table after a last-ditch reprieve.

Southport were relegated at the end of last campaign and faced the grim prospect of an instant return to the Conference North.

However, a lifeline came with the financial demise of Rushden and Diamonds.

They went into administration and were expelled from the Conference, Liam Watson’s Southport filling the gap.