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Ball off the mark

1 October 2012

Two Fleetwood Town strikers opened their accounts during the Highbury victory over Barnet on Saturday.

Two Fleetwood Town strikers opened their accounts during the Highbury victory over Barnet on Saturday.

Summer signing from Peterborough David Ball converted a 22nd minute penalty and on loan Blackpool youngster Tom Barkhuizen headed the winner with little over 10 minutes remaining. Ball was upended by keeper Graham Stack, who then saw red, for the penalty award. “The keeper came out quickly on me. I went round him but ended on the floor.” The striker accepted the responsibility for the spot kick but had to wait sometime for substitute keeper Sam Cowler to don his gloves. Ball said the keeper may have received some last minute coaching from the Barnet manager. “I used the time to decide which way I’d place the ball. Matt Robson was the assistant manager at Peterborough and had worked on pens with me there. You never know if he passed anything on! “The game became very tough when they went down to 10 men. They packed the middle and forced us to go down the sides to find space.  The longer that situation goes on then the more frustrated you become.  It was good for everyone, fans included, when Tom claimed the winner.” Ball, 23, with 6 league and cup appearances this term, has waited patiently to score his first Fleetwood Town goal. He now wants to stake a claim for a regular place starting with York on Tuesday and then Cheltenham Town on Saturday.  “They will be tough games but, on the back of a win, we have given ourselves plenty of encouragement.  “I just wanted to score that first goal and I can now move on. I’ve been working really hard in training and waited for my chance. I took that today and my season will continue from here with more goals. This is the start of my season and I’m raring to go into the next games.” Travel to York City is £15 and departure time is 3pm. Cheltenham travel leaves at 9am and costs £20. Book in the club shop or call 01253 775080.

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