Fleetwood Town post pre-season win against Dundee United

Dan Batty scored for the third consecutive game as Fleetwood Town beat Dundee United 2-1 in their pre-season friendly at Highbury.

By Josh Dawson
Saturday, 23rd July 2022, 8:59 pm
Updated Sunday, 24th July 2022, 10:03 am

Batty opened the scoring just before the break when his first-time strike flew into the bottom corner.

Charlie Mulgrew poked home from close range on his return to Highbury to level before Josh Vela scored the winner in the dying stages.

Dundee United had a bright start and created the first chance inside the opening couple of minutes.

Fleetwood Town defeated Dundee United at Highbury Picture: Adam Gee

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Steven Fletcher picked up the ball just inside the area but dragged his shot wide of Jay Lynch’s goal.

Fleetwood responded after that early scare as a Danny Andrew corner was headed into the danger area by Toto Nsiala, but Brendan Wiredu fired over from close range.

Ellis Harrison then rose highest to flick the ball into the path of Shayden Morris, who cut inside from the left before unleashing a strike that was saved by Mark Birighitti.

Town broke the deadlock in the 42nd minute after Andrew’s initial corner had caused chaos in the penalty area.

Harrison forced a diving save from the Terrors’ keeper but the ball was only half-cleared and Batty struck it on the half-volley into the bottom corner.

After a slow start to the second period, the visitors had a chance to equalise after a slip from Nsiala.

Both Fletcher and Anthony Watt had the chance to shoot but were dispossessed by Wiredu before Fleetwood got the ball to the other end, where Harrison was unable to squeeze the ball home.

Former Town centre-back Mulgrew then levelled the score in the 66th minute, sidefooting home after Dylan Levitt had crossed the ball into the box.

The match started to fizzle out in the latter stages but, with just two minutes left on the clock, Cian Hayes laid off the ball for Vela who slotted it into the corner.

Fleetwood Town: Lynch, Andrew, Wiredu, Morris (Hayes 77), Vela, Harrison (Omochere 67), Lane (Garner 77), Holgate, Nsiala, Batty, Johnston.Subs not used: Donaghy, Boyle, Baggley, Earl.

Dundee United: Birighitti, Smith, McMann, Mulgrew (Graham 70), Fletcher (Niskanen 60), Edwards, Sibbald (Clark 60), Levitt (Meekison 76), Harkes, Cudjoe (Chalmers 81), Watt (Freeman 60). Subs not used: Eriksson, Macleod.

Referee: Ben Toner.