Town kids are county kings

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THE Conference title may not be in the bag yet for Fleetwood Town but the club already has silverware to celebrate.

They won the Lancashire FA Under-18 Youth Cup for the second time in three seasons last night, with a 5-2 victory over Nelson at the County Ground, Leyland.

Town took the lead after only five minutes, when Joe Higgins’ cross was handled in the area and Tyler Atack coolly struck the penalty into the top left corner.

Nelson’s first opportunity was a header from a corner which struck the outside of a post. The east Lancashire side went close again with an inswinging free-kick which went narrowly wide.

Town made it 2-0 when Higgins’ 20-yard effort was deflected in.

Atack scored his second after half an hour with a superb header into the far corner from Jordan Wood’s terrific corner and it remained 3-0 at half-time.

The second period was only two minutes old when Atack almost grabbed a hat-trick after good work from Jamie Allen down the left.

Nelson replied almost straight away, scoring from a goalmouth scramble, but this spurred Town on and centre-half Ben Cartwright headed home to restore the three-goal advantage.

The Cod Army started to find their feet again and Fran Cartwright’s header from Mike McAlpine’s free-kick was tipped on to the bar from six yards.

Nelson’s second was a fine individual goal but Fleetwood had the final say as Ben Duffield unleashed a fierce drive from 35 yards to round off the scoring.

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Fleetwood: Wheeler, McGough, Drummond, Donaghy, Cartwright, Crolla, Wood, McAlpine, Atack, Higgins, Allen; subs: Mngxali, Duffield, Thewlis.

n WREXHAM showed their determination to make Fleetwood fight every inch of the way for the Blue Square Bet Premier title with a 4-2 win at Darlington last night.

The Quakers pulled level from two goals down in the second half only for Andy Morrell’s Welshmen to seal the points with two goals in the final six minutes.

Wrexham now trail Town by six points but still have a game in hand.

n NIALL Cummins marked his return for AFC Blackpool with the winner at home to Silsden in the North West Counties premier last night.

All the goals came in five second-half minutes as full-back Grant Dell set AFC on the way to a 2-1 win with the opener on the hour.

An own goal drew Silsden level within a minute before Cummins’ 21st of the season sealed it.

Blackpool are at home again on Saturday to Flixton, who they replaced in eighth spot last night.