Fleetwood Town are nearing their second-ever season in the Football League on Saturday when they take on Essex side Dagenham & Redbridge at Highbury.
Graham Alexander's squad will be hoping to kick start their league season in style after a run of very good pre-season performances, which has lifted the fans ambitions on what the club could achieve come the end of the season.
Fleetwood Town have had a successful pre-season under Graham Alexander, from their determined and committed training regimes and pre-season wins in Austria, to fly home and deliver wins against League One sides Preston North End and Coventry City, scoring six in the process and conceding none.
Fleetwood are yet to concede a goal in over 270 minutes of open play football since returning from Austria - something the manager and fans will be very pleased with.
The Town have signed a solid centre-back in the form of Ryan Cresswell from Southend United from the same division, and manager Alexander is hoping that he can make an instant impression on the squad.
Fleetwood had been crying out for a defensive rock after falling down the league table last season with two wins in their last 15 league matches, which saw them finish 13th after a good run of performances had seen the club in 3rd and 4th place at times during the campaign. This was seen as a somewhat over achievement at the time.
With new additions being added to the already strong squad, Fleetwood Town are second favourites to gain promotion to League One next season, something which would be seen as an enormous achievement for the small-town club.
In my opinion, I would love for my home-town club to achieve a top ten finish in the extremely tough division, so therefore going on to win promotion would be an absolute dream story for the whole town, never mind the club.
Fleetwood are an improving set of players and staff, and they have the skill, money, and resources to become an established league side over the next five to ten years. The loyal cod-army supporters will be out in full force come the start of the season, hoping to witness their team gain the all important three points from their match on Saturday August 3.
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