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Pond relishing promotion dream

Nathan Pond admits he cannot believe he stands on the brink of a sixth promotion with Fleetwood.

The central defender is in his 10th season at Highbury and is one win away from completing half-a-dozen promotions in his decade with the Cod Army.

Pond has been present throughout their ascent through the divisions and was part of their journey which began in the North West Counties Division One.

And he is still proving a major influence too having been man of the match in the 0-0 second leg draw with York, which was enough to send Graham Alexander's men to Wembley where they face Burton for the right to be in League One next season.

"I didn't think I'd be here," the 29-year-old admits. "Credit to York because they put us under huge pressure but we came out on top.

"It's not over yet, there's still one game to go to carry on this great journey to next season. But to get to Wembley - everyone's happy at the moment, but we need to win the game. "

The ambitious Lancashire club have aspirations to reach the third tier of English football for the first time in their history and they only narrowly missed out on a top-three berth which would have seem them elevated automatically.

"We've not done our job yet, we've not got our target," added a defiant Pond.

"We've not achieved anything yet, we're going there to win."

Midfielder Antoni Sarcevic is another who hopes to be plying his trade in a league alongside the likes of Preston and Sheffield United next season.

Twelve months ago he was playing for Chester FC in the Skrill Premier North, and the former Manchester City trainee admitted: "I can't wait, it's every footballer's dream to play at Wembley and all the boys are up for the chance to get ourselves to League One.

"I've just gone over to my dad and all my family. I just can't wait for all my friends and family to have a day out at Wembley. For myself, it's the first time and I'm going to relish it and get the club to League One."