Charnock boost for push to title

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DEFENDER Kieran Charnock will be back soon to help bolster Fleetwood Town’s all-out push to the Football League.

With Town heading the Blue Square Bet Premier standings by five points, Charnock’s return from an Achilles injury is a timely arrival at a pivotal point in the season.

Manager Micky Mellon says that the former Morecambe man is ‘just a few training days’ away from getting back into the thick of the action.

With other injury victims like Peter Till, Shaun Beeeley and Sean Clancy entering the equation again, this has expanded Mellon’s selection options.

All of this adds to a major boost to Fleetwood’s aspirations of claiming the one automatic promotion spot as title winners.

Mellon said: “We are delighted to have already got past the points total for the whole of last season (78) and there are still 12 matches left.

“But I am not setting any target as to what I think will get us promoted. I am looking no further than the Tamworth match – that is the only thing on our mind at the moment

“It is not an easy game – the pitch has a bit of a slope and it is a typical non-league football ground.”

The two clubs met only recently at Highbury when Fleetwood fought out a 2-2 draw with the Lambs.

Mellon said the scoreline did not reflect the balance of play in that first encounter.

“We had 30 shots in the whole match and 22 corners – that told the story of the game. We want to go down there and finish the job properly this time.

“We have to do our own job and not worry about what other teams around us are going to do.”

Fleetwood have no real injury worries prior to the trip to Tamworth, though there will be a precautionary check on Danny Rose, who enjoyed the honour of skippering England C in the 1-1 draw with their counterparts from Italy at Highbury on Tuesday night.

Rose picked up what Mellon described as ‘a bit of a knock’ but should be okay.

Defender Paul Edwards is back at Highbury after his loan spell at Mansfield came to an end.

It had looked as though he would be staying with the Stags for a further month, but that did not materialise.

Signed from Barrow at the start of the season, Edwards made two appearances for Mansfield, one of which was as a substitute while on a month’s loan.

Fleetwood’s closest pursuers in the title race, Wrexham, are away to Kettering tomorrow.

Wrexham have a match in hand on Town, but were left five points adrift after their 1-0 loss to Stockport County.