Turnbull looks to Fletcher

Stockport skipper salutes young striker

Fletcher: Stockport stay

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Stockport captain Paul Turnbull is hoping the return of Wes Fletcher will provide some Christmas cheer at Edgeley Park.

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Last week Fletcher extended his loan stint from Burnley until 15th January, meaning he will be available for the Hatters' festive programme.

The 19-year-old striker has scored once in eight games for struggling Stockport and Turnbull has seen enough to be confident Fletcher can help steer County away from the League Two relegation zone.

"He's a great lad and you can tell in training that he's a goal-scorer," the skipper told skysports.com.

"We just hope he can start banging them in more often during games now.

"He's done well at Burnley and done enough to earn himself a contract there so they obviously think he's good enough.

"Hopefully he and George Donnelly can find some form now and stick a few away, and we can kick-start our season."

Donnelly, on loan from Plymouth, is County's top scorer with seven goals in what has been a frustrating start to the season for Paul Simpson's men.

Big games

County are looking to consolidate after being relegated from League One last term and coming out of administration, but they will head into Christmas in 21st, just a point above the bottom two.

However, the Hatters can propel themselves towards safety during the next fortnight as they face high-flying Rotherham and Chesterfield while taking on fellow strugglers Barnet and Morecambe.

"They're all big games but we'll be looking to win them," added midfielder Turnbull.

"After Christmas we've got four games in nine days so hopefully we can come away with a few results and start climbing the table.

"There's eight points between us and the play-offs so it only needs two or three wins and you're back up there.

"I think the lads know themselves that the squad's good enough to be there. We've got the players and we've got a decent manager so hopefully we can start climbing."