Alkmaar test as Town go Dutch

Fleetwood's departing keeper Chris Maxwell

Fleetwood's departing keeper Chris Maxwell

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Fleetwood Town are set to test themselves against Dutch top-flight side AZ Alkmaar on their pre-season tour of the Netherlands.

The game will take place on Wednesday July 20 and will kick off at 2pm (1pm UK time).

The venue is the home stadium of Veluwse Boys in the village of Garderen, in the centre ofthe country.

It is the third game confirmed for Town’s week-long tour, during which they will be based south of Garderen in the village of Doorwerth, near to Arnhem.

Steven Pressley’s side have already confirmed games against Fortuna Sittard and Roda JC Kerkrade on the July 19 and 23 July respectively. Town fly out to their Dutch base on the 17th.

The game against Fortuna Sittard will be played at their home stadium in the evening, while Town will face Roda in an afternoon match at the home of third tier side De Treffers in Groesbeek on the eastern border.

Meanwhile, departing goalkeeper Chris Maxwell has won the Fleetwood Town Community Trust’s player of the year award in conjunction with the PFA.

The Welsh shot stopper’s contract is up and he has announced he is leaving the club after receiving an offer he could not turn down last week.

Maxwell spent four years at the club and wins the award for the second successive year after his outstanding work in the local community throughout the 2015/16 campaign.

His work in the community was recently recognised by the Football League, who awarded him the unsung hero award for the month of April.

Town’s director of Community Matt Hilton said: “Chris’s work has been outstanding once again this year. It’s the second year he’s been voted the community player of the year.

“He has always gone above and beyond and has been involved in numerous different activities throughout the season.

“He has been the face of the trust this year and never once declined to help us out.

“He has always been very proactive with us and happy to assist.”