Huge honour for Fleetwood’s Hughes

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Young winger Matty Hughes was handed the highest honour as he returned to his former club - leading Fleetwood Town out as they faced Skelmersdale United.

The wide man was handed the captain’s armband for the clash, arranged as part of the deal which took him to Highbury in January.

Fleetwood ran out 4-0 winners on the night, Hughes not among the scorers but proud to have led the team.

“I loved every minute of it. Honestly, it was weird.

“But it was a good result for us.

“There was one point when I thought I’d scored but it wasn’t to be.

“It was a surprise to be captain for the night

“It was a surprise when Chris (Lucketti) told me but it was superb. It’s the greatest honour I’ve had.”

Fleetwood have been linked with a move for former Blackpool striker Stephen Dobbie but it was their current hitmen who did the damage at the West Lancashire College Stadium.

Jamille’s Matt’s first half brace set the ball rolling, Jamie Allen adding a third just after the break and development squad player Tyler Forbes adding a fourth nine minutes from time.

Hughes was happy with the night’s work from Fleetwood’s target men

“We scored four great goals,” he said.

”I’d have loved to have topped it off with one for myself.

“But the boys worked hard and got the result.

“Tyler got on the scoresheet.

“To be fair to him he’s been doing that in training.

“He’s deserved the chance, good on him.”

Hughes played 90 minutes against Chorley on Tuesday night and did the same against Skelmersdale, one of the few Town men to go the distance as Graham Alexander looked to blood a number of his young guns.

But the 19-year-old insisted it hadn’t been too punishing a schedule.

He said: “This is the fittest I’ve ever been.

“I played 90 on Tuesday and 90 tonight so I’m really happy just to get the game time.”

And he was full of praise for his former club, who play in the Evostik Premier Division.

“I thought they did really well,” said Hughes of his one-time team-mates.

“They’ve really given us a game and I think they’ve done themselves proud.”

Alexander made it clear it was the right call to give Hughes the captaincy.

He said: “It’s because of Matty that we’re here and we thought it was a nice touch.

“He’s done really well, to be fair, he’s put in a good shift.

“We’ve given a few of the youngsters a chance and they’ve done really well.

“We wanted to give them the experience of playing with some of the senior players and they’ve not let us down.”