No slowing down before our biggest games ever

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MANAGER Micky Mellon insists there will be no slacking from Fleetwood Town during their enforced mid-season break as they plan for “probably the most important games in the club’s history”.

Town face a minimum of 11 days between matches following last Tuesday’s 4-1 win over Barrow, and their wait for action could be longer if crisis club Darlington are unable to stage Saturday’s Conference clash.

Town have again lost the league leadership to Wrexham, who beat Tamworth in the only match played in the Blue Square Bet Premier on FA Trophy weekend, though Mellon and his side remain in the highest of spirits.

The manager said: “We want to win every game, and to go into a break after such a good performance is the way to do it.

“But we won’t take our foot off the pedal and will maintain our fitness.

“We have things we have to work on to make sure the players are ready and prepared for probably the most important games in the club’s history.”

They have been boosted by the signings of midfielder Lee Fowler from title rivals Wrexham and the returning Ritchie Allen from AFC Fylde.

Allen, who was Fylde’s top scorer this season with 21, netted 34 in 91 appearances during his previous Town stint from 2005-8.

Mellon said of the latest additions: “We are absolutely delighted to have Lee here. He’s a midfielder who will control things, get on the ball and play, and bring players into the game around him.

“Ritchie needs no introduction to the Fleetwood fans. He has trained with us and looks fantastic. He could be a real surprise package for us.

“I’m looking forward to working with him, and he’s looking forward to doing things properly at Fleetwood Town and having a good crack of the whip.”

Making way for the new arrivals is midfielder Scott Brown, who has joined Conference rivals York City after his short-term Town deal expired at the turn of the year.

The 26-year-old, who joined Town in August after being released by Morecambe, made nine appearances for Fleetwood and has agreed a deal for the rest of the season with the Minstermen, who have also signed the former Blackpool striker Matthew Blinkhorn from Irish club Sligo Rovers.

Town defenders Matty Hughes and Matty Flynn have extended their loans with Blue Square Bet North clubs Colwyn Bay and Altrincham respectively until the end of the season.

Ryan Crowther is back in the lower Conference tier as well, having returned to former club Hyde for the rest of the campaign. The winger has made two appearances for Town since his November step-up.

Town’s trip to the North-East next Saturday may yet happen. Darlington fans feared their club would be wound up over the weekend but the administrators have agreed to hold talks with an unnamed potential investor today.

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