Fairytale not over yet for Fleetwood Town legend

Nathan Pond
Nathan Pond

Fleetwood Town legend Nathan Pond is looking for a fairytale ending to his testimonial season with the club.

The 29-year-old centre half will step out at Wembley for the first time in his career on Monday.

And for the former delivery driver it’s a fitting end to an inspiring campaign.

He said: “My testimonial year started with a dream game at Highbury against Preston North End.

“It will hopefully end in a dream game too, at Wembley.

“It’s unbelievable, you couldn’t have written it.”

Town booked their place in the League Two play-off final with a 0-0 draw against York City at Highbury.

It was a packed house for the crucial clash, and Pond admitted Fleetwood’s players did feel the pressure from an expectant crowd of more than 5,000.

He said: “We had to concentrate, there was a big crowd, a lot of pressure.

“They were very direct and started with two big men.

“There were a lot of aerial balls, we had to deal with them and with the second ball too.

“At half time the manager just wanted us to put in more of the same.

“We didn’t have to chase the game.

“As long as we kept a clean sheet we knew we were going to Wembley.”

Pond has been with Fleetwood for 10 years, experiencing the club’s rise from the North West Counties Division One all the way to the Football League.

And he’s desperate to add yet another promotion honour to his collection.

Pond said: “It’s not over, there’s still one game left to finish off the great journey.

“Hopefully we can end this season the way everyone wants.

“There was a big celebration on Friday but there’s still work to do.

“We’ve not done our job, we’ve not achieved our target

“We’ve done nothing yet.

“We don’t just want to go to Wembley we want to win there.

“It’s all about the promotion.”

Fleetwood will face Burton Albion on Monday in a winner-takes-all encounter.

It will be the fifth encounter between the two teams this season with Fleetwood out to avenge their FA Cup exit at the hands of the Brewers.

Pond believes the huge Wembley pitch will benefit Fleetwood, but insists it’ll be one occasion where the result matters far more than the performance.

“It’s a big pitch, it should suit us and our style of play,” he said.

“But you know, that doesn’t matter.

“As long as we win, I don’t care how we play. Winning at Wembley is everything.”