PETER Cavanagh captained Accrington Stanley to Conference title glory six years ago, and no one at Fleetwood Town wants him to miss out on a possible repeat tonight.
The 30-year-old was forced off with a calf injury in the first half of Saturday’s win at York, which took Town to the brink of promotion to the Football League.
They can clinch the Blue Square Bet Premier crown with victory over Wrexham at Highbury tonight, and the popular Liverpudlian is the major injury doubt.
It would be a huge shame for Cavanagh to miss out, having turned his season around so spectacularly.
Very much a fringe player in the first half of the campaign, the stalwart full-back reinvented himself as a defensive midfielder in the FA Cup victory over League One Yeovil in December and has since been an ever-present in the side.
Cavanagh’s goals at Ebbsfleet and Bath have helped keep Town’s 27-match unbeaten league run ticking along, and manager Micky Mellon hopes to have the popular veteran available tonight.
“Cav has bit of a calf problem and we will keep an eye on it,” said Mellon.
“He is a good pro, who knew when he was damaged and so came off at York. We’ll take a look at him and all of them before deciding on the side.”
Whoever makes up Mellon’s starting XI, the boss is hopeful that a packed-to-the-rafters Highbury crowd will serve as 12th man this evening.
He wants a promotion party to reward their season-long support tonight, particularly those who have made the many lengthy away trips in non-league’s elite national division.
Mellon added: “I can’t thank the fans enough for their fantastic support because we are going to need every ounce of energy they can give us to get over the line.
“It was all hands to the pumps for the last 15 to 20 minutes at York, and maybe we rode our luck, but we deserved that.”
“I was really pleased for the supporters on Saturday, because they were terrific. They can smell that we are close now.”
In typical style, Mellon wants to get promotion 100 per cent sealed before he contemplates life in the Football League with Fleetwood Town, though it would take a barely credible collapse for his side to miss out on automatic promotion now.
Even if Town don’t seal the title by winning tonight, they will remain firmly in control of their own destiny.
If this evening’s match is drawn, Town can seal top spot with victory at home to Lincoln on Friday.
If Wrexham become the first team to beat Town in the league since Newport on October 12, Mellon’s men would need five points from the remaining nine.
Kick off is 7.30pm and the match is live on Premier Sports.
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