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A new chapter in the Nathan Pond story

22 March 2015

Defender hits stoppage time equaliser for Cod Army

Nathan Pond added a new chapter to his memorable story at Fleetwood Town FC by scoring a dramatic stoppage time equaliser at Bradford City.

The hosts were 2-0 up heading into the final four minutes of the game after goals from Jon Stead and Christopher Routis, but Town responded fantastically with the game seemingly over.

Jamie Proctor halved the deficit in the 86th minute with a fine header before Club legend Pond rifled an equaliser beyond keeper Ben Williams deep into stoppage time to score his first ever goal in the third tier of English football.

After the game, Pond said: “We gave two sloppy goals away but after that we responded superbly.

“Bradford were hanging on in the end if truth be told and on another day we could have picked up all three points as we had another opportunity late on.

“I haven’t scored since Burton Albion away last season so it was nice to get on the scoresheet. That is number 51 now and counting.

“I thought Tyler (Forbes) was superb as it’s never easy for a young lad to come to a place like this.

“He put a great ball in and Proctor did the rest. As soon as that one went in they backed off and we gained a bit of momentum.

“We were a bit sloppy towards the end and they could have nicked the winner, but after being 2-0 down we’ll take a point.

“They play a lot of direct football and are dangerous from set-pieces, so in the second half we did what they did and they couldn’t really handle it.

“They had 12,000 fans behind them when we were 2-0 down and with the atmosphere behind them they could have gone on to score more.

“We all rolled our sleeves up and dug in though, and after Proc scored the first there was only going to be one team in it.”

Nathan Pond is the main feature in the upcoming edition of #codarmy for the clash versus Preston North End. Do not miss a revealing interview with the centre half, #codarmy on sale for £3.

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