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EVERYONE at Fleetwood Town is looking up towards a place in the Football League but Micky Mellon believes that keeping a level head is the key to winning the Conference title race.

The Blue Square Bet Premier promotion picture may well become clearer over the next few days but Mellon refuses to look further than tomorrow’s match at York.

Before then, title rivals Wrexham entertain Alfreton tonight desperate to make inroads into Town’s eight-point advantage at the summit.

Should they do so, the onus will be on Town to respond away to a York side who took a point at Highbury way back in August. Fleetwood lost at Wrexham the following week but have only been beaten once in the league since.

Town’s 26-match unbeaten run means that should Wrexham drop points again tonight, Town can clinch the crown by winning at York and at home to the Welshmen on Tuesday night.

But nothing will detract from Mellon’s total focus and he won’t allow events in Wrexham tonight to affect his team’s approach tomorrow.

Mellon told The Gazette: “Yes, they have the first throw, but if they throw poorly we will have a great opportunity.

“I told the players on Thursday I would not swap our position with anyone’s. Whatever happens to Wrexham tonight we have to go out and get a positive result at York. Giving a good account of ourselves there is all that matters.

“We’ve had a fantastic week in training. Everyone is thoroughly enjoying the situation we are in a looking forward to York tomorrow.

“We just have to keep focus and make sure we don’t get too excited and too anxious. Experience helps massively. We have been through it all before and we will draw on that if everyone around us is going crazy.”

York are fresh from a midweek defeat by Newport, the last team to defeat Town in the league way back in mid-October. It was a dress rehearsal for next month’s FA Trophy final and play-off-chasing York’s defeat did not surprise Mellon.

He said: “I’m not surprised because Newport is one of the toughest places to go.

“And you will get crazy results at this time of year because people get over-excited and over-disappointed when things don’t go their way, but my players won’t do that.”

Mellon admits that one player who could get over-excited is the volatile Richard Brodie, who spoke this week about his desire to score against his old club and celebrate in front of their fans.

But Mellon said: “I worry about Richard Brodie getting over-excited all the time, not just at York, but that’s how he plays. If you don’t expect that, you don’t have him at your club. That’s when he is at his best and I wouldn’t try to change him, I just have to manage him.”

With Paul Linwood and Jamie Milligan both coming through reserve matches this week, Anthony Barrie is the only injured member of the Town squad.

Mellon enthused: “We have a fit squad. Paul has got a couple of reserve games under his belt and if push came to shove he would be available.

“We’ll give Milli a microwaver – a fitness regime to get him up to speed quickly – and he will be desperate to be involved.”

York have numerous fitness worries, including Jason Walker and captain Chris Smith.