Endless rain puts a damper on training

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MICKY Mellon is hoping wet weather won’t wash out a return to winning ways for The Cod Army.

Fleetwood Town face bottom of the table Barnet at Highbury tomorrow but have found their match preparations drowned by the September storms.

Training surfaces at Fylde Rugby Club have been badly hit by the downpour, leaving the Fleetwood boss frustrated.

He said: “We’ve had everybody in for a week but have struggled to get any training done because of the weather.

“The pitches have been underwater. That means we’ve been able to do some training but not a lot of match work.

“We’ve been hit very hard by this.

“The lads have been able to use the 3G surface but we’ll be hoping to get some more work in before Saturday.

“I can’t wait to get back on that Highbury pitch because it’s like a billiards table by all accounts.”

Town picked up a hard-earned point at Bristol Rovers last week – The Gas proving tough opponents despite sitting second bottom of the table.

Mellon is expecting another tricky encounter against fellow early strugglers Barnet – who are yet to win in the League this season.

Last time out Mark Robson’s 
Barnet side earned a 0-0 draw against Rotherham United to bag their second point of the season. The Bees have scored just three Football League goals this term – defender Jack Saville the last man on target against Gillingham on September 8.

He said: “At the end of the day there are no easy games at this level.

“Barnet are very experienced in the Football League and we’re only eight games into a 46 game campaign.

“We’ve collected a decent amount of points up to now but we can’t lose our focus and we know this is going to be a tough game.

“We know how hard it is to earn any points at this level.”

“I had Barnet watched last week and, by all accounts, they were very unlucky not to take all three points, so the warning signs are there.”

Mellon is waiting on the fitness of two key players ahead of Saturday’s game, Junior Brown, withdrawn at the Memorial Stadium with a hamstring problem and Jon Parkin who is struggling with a knee injury.

The Fleetwood boss is particularly keen to see a return for the big striker on Saturday.

He said: “I’d love to get big Jon back because he gives me great presence at that end of the field.

“He’s found it a little bit difficult in the last couple of games, where referees have felt they have to make a decision on everything he does.

“As a manager sometimes you think that when you’ve got two big guys, a striker and a centre half, going for the ball you leave them to it.”

Despite a strong start to the season, his side currently sitting fifth in the League Two table, Mellon believes he still hasn’t found the perfect formula for his Fleetwood side.

He said: “I still feel like I’m tinkering with a few things to try and make things fit, but we’re getting there.”

Town have had a week to recover, following three games in eight days last week – a busy period the boss said had taken its toll.

“I said on Saturday we looked like a team that had played three games in eight days.

“I’m always wanting us to play exciting, attacking football, but sometimes that can’t happen. Sometimes you can’t get what you want.

“Now, everybody is in good spirits and we’re looking forward to 
Saturday.”