Vardy faces fitness fight

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STRIKER Jamie Vardy faces a fight to be fit for tomorrow’s home clash with Tamworth – on a day when Fleetwood Town hope to extend their lead at the head of the Blue Square Bet Premier to four points.

Closest rivals Wrexham are without a match, so it is imperative that Town get a maximum haul and they hope Vardy will be ready to play his part.

The striker is hugely important to Fleetwood’s bid to attain Football League status but has been nursing a groin problem.

Had the match taken place on yesterday, Vardy would not have been ready but manager Micky Mellon is optimistic that his prized goal-scoring asset, much coveted by so many teams, will respond to treatment and be available.

Mellon and chairman Andy Pilley were always adamant that Vardy would be with Fleetwood until the end of the season at least, and so it transpired after the transfer window closed on Tuesday night.

Boss Mellon said: “It was important to make sure the lad was secure in the knowledge that everyone was acting in his best interests.

Now he can concentrate on the last 16 matches of the season and then decide on his future after that.

“We wouldn’t stand in his way if he wanted to better himself.”

Fleetwood will be making more injury checks before finalising their line-up, with Peter Cavanagh (groin), skipper Steve McNulty (ankle) and Shaun Beeley (hamstring) all under supervision.

Mellon added: “It is important that we keep our focus and hopefully stay at the top.

“We have the chance of going further ahead of Wrexham and that is important, but we know teams will raise their game against us.”

Mellon had a quiet transfer deadline day, with no business, either in or out.

Striker Danny Rowe’s loan spell at Stockport County has been extended to a period of 93 days and now runs into next month.

Rowe scored the winner against Kidderminster last Saturday, earning praise from manager Jim Gannon and the man-of-the-match award.

Mellon said: “Playing on loan and getting games at this level is all part of Danny’s development and he is doing well. He wouldn’t get the games with us because there are four strikers ahead of him, but we have a 24-hour recall.

Striker Jean-Paul Marna is in line for his debut for Tamworth tomorrow.

He signed for the Lambs following the cancellation of his contract with Kettering, where he had scored nine goals this season.

Marna, who has completed a two-match suspension, played under Tamworth boss Marcus Law when they were both at Kettering.

Another Tamworth newcomer likely to feature at Highbury is midfielder Charlie Reece, a loan signing from Bristol Rovers this week.

The highlight of the season for Tamworth was reaching the third round of the FA Cup, in which they played Everton.

They put up a gallant fight at Goodison, losing 2-0, and are one of three teams Town are yet to face in the Conference this season.