Clancy’s on up and...up

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SEAN Clancy has saved his best run of form all season for the perfect time – and it could help catapult Fleetwood Town into the Football League.

An injury-hit campaign which started so frustratingly for the winger is finishing with a flourish, and it was Clancy’s spectacular strike which broke the deadlock against Altrincham last Saturday and put Town on the road to their fifth successive Blue Square Bet Premier win.

It left Town strongly placed to hold on to the final play-off place and Clancy said: “I’m very happy that I’m playing regularly now and hitting a good bit of form. I’ve just got to keep kicking on.

“I’ve waited a long time for this and hopefully we can make the play-offs, extend the season as far as we can and take Fleetwood up to the League.

“It’s the right time to get a good run of form together. We have a really good chance of going up at the minute.”

Town defeated Altrincham 3-1 after Clancy set them on their way with a 30-yard thunderbolt, which was too hot for former Fleetwood keeper Craig Dootson to handle.

Clancy recalled: “It was a good set-up from Gareth Seddon, and I’ve got into an area where I wasn’t heavily marked and had the opportunity to run at people.

“The defenders kept backing off, so I hit it with enough power and movement that the keeper couldn’t keep it out.”

Though delighted to have put Town in front, Clancy felt a second before half-time was crucial and Seddon provided it with an irresistible curling shot.

“Gareth tends to have that in his locker and it was a great finish. He knew exactly what he was doing and to do that just before half-time was brilliant,” added Clancy, who was a little disappointed not to have doubled his tally in the second half.

He said: “Jamie Mullan pulled it back for me and I missed unfortunately. It can be a bit of a lottery sometimes, scoring from 30 yards but missing from inside the area.

“However, it is something that we’ll keep working on and hopefully put away more of the chances we create.”

As things stand, seven points from Town’s remaining three games will cement fifth spot, though that figure will fall if chasers Kidderminster and York slip up again tonight, when they play their game in hand at home to Darlington and Luton respectively.

But whatever happens this evening, Town will be determined not to lose their crunch match at Kidderminster on Good Friday evening.

Clancy added: “It’s going to be a massive game on Friday and hopefully we can get a win which will be a massive boost for us.”

Interview: MICHAEL WOODS