Fleetwood hit Paint Pot Challenge summit
Fleetwood Town have capped a memorable week in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy by claiming top spot in the Johnstone’s Paint Pot Challenge.
The Sky Bet League 2 club amassed 16 points in the unique test of accuracy run in conjunction with the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, scoring two more than previous leaders Newport County.
And that followed on from an excellent 2-0 victory over Carlisle United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Wednesday night, which took Fleetwood in to the Area Semi-Finals of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and within three games of Wembley.
The Paint Pot Challenge sees ten players attempting to chip the ball from the angle of the penalty area into a giant inflatable paint pot situated in the middle of the six yard line. A maximum ten points is given for any player who successfully chips the ball in, with one point awarded each time the paint pot is hit.
Matty Blair provided the impetus for Fleetwood to hit top spot with a spectacular perfect shot. Steven Schumacher, Ryan Cresswell, David Ball, Gareth Evans, Jon Parkin and Liam Hogan all picked up one point each.
Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander said: “It has been a great week for us in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy with getting the victory over Carlisle and going top in the Paint Pot Challenge.
“The players enjoyed competing in the challenge and it was great to see Matty chip it in. Hopefully we have done enough to stay at the top and win the Johnstone’s Paint Pot Challenge.”
Ben Wilde, brand and sponsorship manager for Johnstone’s Paint, said: “Congratulations to Fleetwood for hitting top spot and they displayed some excellent accuracy.