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Highbury Stadium 17th August 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Bratt

Fleetwood Fleetwood Town vs Burton Albion Burton Alb

Fleetwood 2

J Hughes (65)
R Crowther (72)

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Burton Alb 3

R Howe (12)
A McGurk (25)
C Hussey (34)

Brewers edge five-goal thriller

Last Updated: 17/08/13 6:13pm

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Chris Hussey: Got on the scoreheet

Chris Hussey: Got on the scoreheet

Fleetwood's second-half fightback was not enough as unbeaten Burton's first-half goal glut proved crucial in a 3-2 victory.

Town had the chance to grab an early lead when Ryan Crowther headed over from six yards. And they were made to pay at the other end just 12 minutes in.

Chris Hussey swung in a teasing ball from the left, Adam McGurk's spectacular overhead kick attempt distracted the Town defence just long enough for Rene Howe to sneak in at the back post and fire the Brewers ahead.

Burton were making the better of the sodden conditions at Highbury and doubled their advantage when Hussey's low corner skidded across the Fleetwood box, McGurk applying the final touch.

It became three-nil before the break, some poor defending from Fleetwood allowing Howe the space to flick the ball on, Hussey firing in off a post.

Fleetwood looked sunk, but two goals in eight second-half minutes gave them hope.

Substitute Gareth Evans set up the first, driving down the left before his pass picked out a determined Jeff Hughes, who kept his feet and his head to fire through a crowded box.

When Antoni Sarcevic bulldozed his way to the byline to set up Jamille Matt for his first of the campaign an unlikely comeback appeared on the cards.

But Fleetwood could not find a way through, Burton hanging on to take the honours as Junior Brown's last-ditch free-kick flew wide.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Scunthorpe United 44 80
2 Chesterfield 44 78
3 Rochdale 44 78
4 Fleetwood Town 44 75
5 Burton Albion 44 72
6 Southend United 44 68
7 York City 44 67
8 Oxford United 44 62
9 Plymouth Argyle 44 58
10 Bury 44 57
11 Dagenham & Redbridge 44 57
12 Mansfield Town 44 57
13 Portsmouth 44 57
14 AFC Wimbledon 44 56
15 Newport County AFC 44 55
16 Cheltenham Town 44 55
17 Hartlepool United 44 52
18 Accrington Stanley 44 51
19 Morecambe 44 50
20 Exeter City 44 49
21 Wycombe Wanderers 44 47
22 Bristol Rovers 44 47
23 Northampton Town 44 47
24 Torquay United 44 42