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TOWN 3 FLEETWOOD 1

9 May 2021

Three points for Blues

Town end the season with a comfortable win at Portman Road.

Early strikes from James Norwood and Gwion Edwards put Town in charge, before Troy Parrott added a third.

Wes Burns notched a consolation for the Cod Army in the second half.

Town made one change from Tuesday’s stalemate at Shrewsbury, Luke Chambers replacing Kane Vincent-Young who dislocated his shoulder in the dying moments of Tuesday’s draw.

Blues were a goal to good after just three minutes. A dazzling run from Armando Dobra saw him tee Norwood up who converted low into the bottom corner from seven yards out for his tenth goal of the campaign.

Six minutes later and Town doubled their lead. Myles Kenlock played the ball down the line to Gwion Edwards who shrugged off his marker, before entering the penalty area and smashing low beyond Alex Cairns.

Town were forced into an early change on 16 minutes, Edwards appeared to have picked up a knock and was replaced by Keanan Bennetts.

A lapsed pass from Luke Woolfenden allowed Barrie McKay to rob the ball from Dobra, the Scot bared down on goal before seeing his low drive saved by David Cornell.

Just before the half hour mark, Blues added a third through Troy Parrott. Norwood latched onto Dozzell’s pass, before sliding through Parrott who found the bottom corner to give Cairns no chance.

Fleetwood almost found a way back into the contest two minutes before the interval, McKay drove past two Town defenders before squaring for Kyle Vassell, but his low effort was smothered by Cornell. Just before the break, Parrott had a low strike that Cairns gobbled up.

Chambers almost added a fourth rather fortuitiously. The ball cannoned off the Blues skipper from a Fleetwood clearance which Cairns tipped round the post. From the resultant corner, Mark McGuinness volleyed just wide.

The visitors weren't lying down, Wes Burns who saw his right-footed strike deflect off McGuinness and into the side netting.

Dozzell picked out Bennetts with a pinpoint pass and the Gladbach loanee squared to the unmarked Norwood who fluffed his lines with only Cairns to beat from six yards out. The Blues forward then made way for Teddy Bishop with twenty minutes remaining.

Dobra then had a chance to make it four, after Parrott had slipped him through, but Cairns stood tall to deny his attempt to lift it over him. The visitors then immediately reduced the arrears through Burns who smashed home from close range to give Cornell no chance.

Paul Cook made a triple change with just under 15 minutes on the clock. Cole Skuse, Josh Harrop and Kayden Jackson replaced Bennetts, Dobra and Parrott respectively.

Town saw the game out, and finished the 2020/21 campaign in 9th place.

Booked: Finley, Rossiter

Town: Cornell, Chambers (C), Woolfenden, McGuinness, Kenlock, Downes, Dozzell, Edwards (Bennetts 16, Skuse, 79), Parrott (Jackson 79), Dobra (Harrop 79), Norwood (Bishop 70).

Subs: Holy, Skuse, Jackson, Nsiala.

Fleetwood: Cairns, Andrew (Morris 85), Connolly (C), Burns, Rossiter, Vassell (Sheron 46), McKay (Baggley 85), Finley (Whelan 85), Biggins, Garner, Hill.

Subs: Coleman, Holgate.

 


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