FLEETWOOD Town are totally focused on winning a place in the Football League next season but they couldn’t help looking backwards to their time as a Blue Square North club yesterday.
En route to today’s crunch game with Luton at Kenilworth Road, the Town squad stopped off for a training session at the home of League Two club Northampton Town.
It was at the Cobblers’ Sixfields Stadium that Fleetwood went close to pulling off an FA Cup first-round giantkilling last season only to be edged out 2-1.
Two Town players who remembered that November day well were Jamie Milligan and Sean Clancy.
Indeed, Milligan still can’t believe Town lost to Northampton, against whom Clancy equalised only for Luke Guttridge to seal victory with his second of the game.
Milligan said: “We probably deserved to get something out of that tie. No way did they look like a League team and us a Blue Square North team. The lads were brilliant that day.”
Clancy added: “We had a good Cup run and it brings back memories. It was a good experience for me to score my first goal to be shown on TV.
“It’s good to come down here a day early and prepare a bit better for Luton. Using the facilities here is a great help to work on a few things before the game.”
But last year’s cup heroics will be the last thing on both players’ minds as they concentrate on getting Town’s promotion campaign back on track after successive 1-0 defeats.
Milligan added: “Luton is a massive game for the club.
“We need to start picking points up to stay in the mix.
“We are definitely still right in there. We have had a few bad results lately, but with the quality we have in the squad there’s no reason why we can’t kick on and stay in the pack.”
Clancy is full of confidence too, saying: “There’s no reason why we can’t take all three points at Luton. We’ve got the players here to do it.
“We have to get a run of results going now.
“We are playing well but are sometimes coming up short in the points department and we have to do something about that, starting at Luton.”