Fleetwood hitman Hunter’s killer instinct

Ash Hunter
Ash Hunter

Ash Hunter predicts another side is set for a Highbury hammering soon after Fleetwood hauled themselves out of the relegation zone with Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Bury.

Having spent the first day of 2016 in League One’s bottom four, Town climbed two places to 19th courtesy of Hunter’s opener against the Shakers and a second from Bobby Grant.

But Fleetwood missed big chances to pull off another high-scoring win.

The recalled Dionotan Teixeira had a shot blocked on the line, while Nathan Pond hit the bar, Jamie Proctor squandered a one-on-one and Tyler Forbes was denied with a fingertip save.

And Hunter believes Fleetwood, who have already hit Colchester and new leaders Burton for four and blasted five past Swindon this term, are due another goal feast.

“We’ve missed a few chances,” he said. “It’s not long before we get another four or five-nil.

“We’ve been waiting for a win for a while. It’s good and it’s very welcome.

“Now we can kick on and climb the table.”

Hunter celebrated his goal in style, treating the Highbury faithful to some Premier League acrobatics.

It’s a trick he’s been waiting to show off in front of the home support.

Hunter explained: “I learned it as a lad but I’ve never really had the chance to (do it). I’ve been waiting to pull it off.

“You can’t really do it when you’ve gone 4-0 up, as we’ve been in the past when I scored at home.

“But getting the first goal, it felt good. It was nice.”

Saturday’s goal was Hunter’s fourth this season – a healthy return from nine appearances.

And having made the move from Ilkeston a year ago today, Hunter is more than pleased with his progress.

“I’m happy to score again after another appearance,” he said.

“It’s only a year since my last game in non-league.

“It’s great to be playing and to be getting on the scoresheet.”

Manager Steven Pressley chose to play Hunter down the middle, hoping to exploit his pace and cool head in front of goal.

It was a daunting change for Hunter, more used to being deployed down the flanks, but an experience he enjoyed.

“I found it good,” said the 20-year-old. “At times I’ve struggled in the centre because of my strength but I enjoyed it.

“Their centre-back was quite slow. Running in behind him was nice.

“It’s different playing out wide but I really don’t mind. I’ll play anywhere I’m asked to.

“I’m just happy to be on the pitch.”