WHO is going to blink first? It looks like neither Sean Clancy nor Andy Mangan is prepared to back down in the friendly dispute over who scored Fleetwood’s winner at Braintree.
Both are claiming the goal that made it 2-1 and sealed a sixth win in seven unbeaten matches for Micky Mellon’s second-placed Conference club.
Clancy’s 63rd-minute shot beat Braintree keeper Nathan McDonald, though he got enough on the ball to slow it down as it approached the line. Mangan was among those who gave chase and the striker claimed the final touch.
Clancy said: “It was a team effort and it doesn’t matter who hits it over line,” before adding, “The lads are made up but I will take credit.”
Needless to say, Mangan sees it differently. “The ball would not have gone in if I hadn’t been there and the ref may not have given it.
“It’s all a big joke and the team has won, but at the end of the day it’s my goal.” They are in total agreement that the victory in testing circumstances in Essex proves the spirit of the squad.
Clancy added: “It was a tough game and conditions were very difficult. It was a really hot day and it required 100 per effort from everyone. We dug in and got the result we needed.”
Mangan said: “These games show the character of the team. It was tough to break them down and they defended quite well.
“It will be interesting to get them back to our place, but winning at places like this gets you a long way to winning the league and that’s what we want.”
Now the striker welcomes a week’s break between matches before his former club Forest Green Rovers visit Highbury on Saturday.
The 25-year-old added: “I don’t know many of the people there now but I still know the manager (Dave Hockaday) and a few behind the scenes. We just have to go out to win, like we do every game, so let’s get a good week’s training in and go from there.”
*MACCLESFIELD boss Gary Simpson has hinted that he will look to extend George Donnelly’s stay at the club after the Fleetwood loan striker scored the opener in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Swindon
Simpson said: “I can’t really say too much about that at the minute but we’re trying to do something.”
*THE Blue Square Bet Premier could have new leaders tonight if Wrexham win at Gateshead.
However, a home win would leave the Tyneside club three points clear of Fleetwood.