Clean sheet boosts Hurst’s fresh start

First choice: Hurst
First choice: Hurst
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IT has been a troubled season for Fleetwood Town keeper Danny Hurst, but now his rehabilitation is complete after a milestone day in Saturday’s victory over Wrexham.

The Town No.1 kept his first clean sheet since returning to the side from long-term injury three matches ago.

Hurst had two shut-outs to his name in the opening six matches of the Blue Square Bet Premier campaign, before his serious shoulder injury at Crawley gave friendly rival Scott Davies a six-month run in the side.

Hurst is now firmly re-established as first choice, and Saturday’s benchmark was particularly welcome against such tough opposition.

Hurst said; “It was a good result in the end. We needed to dig deep in the second half and we did.

“They did put us under pressure at the end, and I was glad to hear the final whistle.”

A Wrexham strikeforce which included former Seasiders favourite Andy Morrell certainly kept Hurst on his toes, and the keeper added: “Their movement up front was really good, but Steve McNulty and Sean Gregan did well.

“We’ve had a few tough games, and it’s always good to keep a clean sheet in front of a good crowd, and against a side like Wrexham.”

Now Hurst hopes for more clean sheets in Town’s bid for a top-five finish, starting with Saturday’s trip to Hayes and Yeading.

He said: “We know we have a lot of ability, and can beat anyone on our day.

“We have to kick on for another three points.

“Everyone seems to beat everyone in this league, so we have to keep winning and see where it takes us.

“It was tough being out injured and watching the team do well, but now it’s nice to be part of it.”

n CRAWLEY moved 12 points clear at the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier with last night’s 2-1 win over Eastbourne.

Darlington and Grimsby, two clubs who could overtake sixth-placed Fleetwood by winning games in hand, were held to home draws last night. See page 39.