This one’s for Nan

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FLEETWOOD’S dramatic win over Grimsby was a triumph after tragedy for a very emotional Town keeper Scott Davies.

Town’s No.1 took the field for the Conference crunch clash at Highbury less that 24 hours after the death of his beloved grandmother.

Davies said: “My head has been all over the show but the lads and the gaffer rallied round for me. That win was definitely for nan.

“My grandad said you have to go out and play for nan and hopefully I did her proud. She’ll be looking over me for the rest of the season.

Davies has been Town’s sole ever-present this season and acknowledged that the 2-1 victory over the Mariners was among the hardest earned.

“Grimsby impressed me with their organisation and it was very hard to get behind them. We had chances but they were all from distance and their keeper wasn’t really tested until the end.”

Town’s comeback was sealed with Jamie Vardy’s injury-time strike, his 27th goal of the season, and Davies said: “Vardy just keeps getting better and better. He will play at the highest level without a doubt.

“The great teams are all about keeping going until the very end and we have that bit of magic in the side to get us the three points.

“That was my 42nd successive game and fingers crossed I’ll get the full marker.

“Working with great staff, like Eric Nixon and now Steve McIlhargey, I’ve improved dramatically.”

The one disappointment for Davies was that he couldn’t add to his tally of clean sheets, a Peter Cavanagh own goal putting the visitors ahead after a mistake by captain Steve McNulty.

But Davies added: “We do take risks and that’s why we are probably the best footballing side in the division.

“If you play that way, you will make mistakes but I can’t fault Macca and I love playing behind him.”

The former Morecambe keeper is well aware that Town’s late fightback would not have gone down well among the chasing pack.

He added: “I know how we’d have felt if it was the other way round and that must demoralise Wrexham. Hopefully we’ve really put pressure on them now.

“People talk about turning points in seasons and that definitely felt like one. We know what we have to do to win the league.”

That title bid continues tomorrow with a televised visit to Kidderminster Harriers but the hectic schedule doesn’t worry Davies.

“It’s four games in 11 days (Town head to Mansfield on Tuesday) but when you are playing well you don’t mind and you want to play more, so hopefully we’ll get the full quota of points.”


*GRIMSBY Town are facing an FA charge of failing to control their players following the defeat at Fleetwood.

The charge relates to the Mariners players surrounding the referee after Town were awarded a penalty, for a foul on Jamie Vardy, from which Andy Mangan equalised.