Plymouth Argyle face back-to-back league tests in the north
PLYMOUTH Argyle's players and management staff will be staying in the north of England after their fixture at Fleetwood Town tomorrow (3pm).
The Pilgrims will then be focusing their attention on the away game against Bradford City next Tuesday.
The back-to-back matches will be a formidable test for Argyle as Fleetwood and Bradford are both League Two promotion contenders.
Fleetwood, the Football Conference champions in 2011/12, are currently sitting in fifth spot in the table, while Bradford are one position above them in fourth.
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Instead of making two separate 650-mile round trips to Fleetwood and Bradford, the Pilgrims will be based in the north of England in the coming days.
They will train in West Yorkshire on Monday morning, at Football Conference North club Guiseley, to prepare for their game against Bradford at Valley Parade.
The Argyle squad will stay in Blackpool tonight before making the short trip up the Fylde coast to Fleetwood tomorrow.
They will then travel to West Yorkshire after the game.
Fletcher said: "We are training on Monday at Guiseley, which isn't too far from the hotel. Apparently, they have got quite a nice 3G/4G pitch that we will use. We aren't going to do too much on Monday anyway because it's a Saturday-Tuesday turnaround.
"It will just be nice for the lads to stretch their legs and have a feel of a football."
The Argyle squad and staff will spend a lot less time on a coach as a result of staying in the north of England after playing Fleetwood.
Fletcher said: "You are looking at a minimum of seven hours to Fleetwood, and probably the same to Bradford.
"That's 28 hours of travelling, stuck on a coach, in a short space of time.
"If it's Saturday-Saturday, you kind of get on with it but, in this case, I think it makes sense to stay up."
Meanwhile, Fletcher has welcomed the appointment of former Bristol City chairman Colin Sexstone as a non-executive director at Argyle.
Sexstone also served as chief executive during his 11 years at Bristol City, and previously carried out the same role for Gloucestershire County Cricket Club from 1996 to 2001.
The 64-year-old brings a vast amount of experience of sports administration, particularly in football, and Fletcher believes that will be a benefit to Argyle.
He said: "It's definitely a bonus to have someone who has got football experience, in terms of being around a club and working at a club."
Fletcher regularly attends Argyle board meetings to update owner and chairman James Brent and his directors on football matters.
He said: "I speak direct to James at least once a week. I can phone him up if I need him. I have also got (general manager) Jason Turner and (acting chief executive) Martin Baker if I need anything."