NATHAN Pond has come a long way in the last 10 years and the Fleetwood Town legend is looking for a fairytale ending to his testimonial season.
He made his debut for the Cod Army a decade ago, and eight years ago he was facing Gresley Rovers in the old UniBond League.
Now he is one step away from League One, and for the former delivery driver it’s a fitting end to an inspiring campaign.
He said: “My testimonial year started with a dream game at Highbury against (home-town club) Preston North End.
“It will hopefully end in a dream game too, at Wembley.
“It’s unbelievable, you couldn’t have written it.”
Town booked their place in the League Two play-off final with a 0-0 draw against York City at Highbury.
It was a packed house for the crucial clash, and Pond admitted Fleetwood’s players did feel the pressure from an expectant crowd of more than 5,000.
He said: “We had to concentrate, there was a big crowd, a lot of pressure.
“There was a big celebration that Friday, but there’s still work to do.
“We’ve not done our job, we’ve not achieved our target
“We’ve done nothing yet.
“We don’t just want to go to Wembley we want to win there.
“It’s all about the promotion.”