Tearful McClure hails Wanderers survival

Matt McClure celebrates scoring the third goal against Torquay

Matt McClure celebrates scoring the third goal against Torquay

First published in Sport Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

MATT McClure said he and strike partner Steven Craig were reduced to tears by the end of the game that ensured Wanderers' Football League status.

Wycombe's game was still in progress when word came through that Bristol Rovers had lost at home to Mansfield - meaning Wanderers had survived at the Pirates' expense after beating Torquay 3-0.

McClure, who scored the third goal to end the season as top scorer, said although Blues took a professional approach to their day of destiny, it became too much as safety was confirmed by the roar of the travelling fans.

The Northern Ireland U21 international said: "I can't describe it. With two minutes left when the fans were screaming, me and Stevie looked at each other and started crying. It was unbelievable - I can't describe it.

"We've done it as professionally as we could do it. We knew if we got an early goal it would filter through to the others and they would start panicking a bit.

"We got the penalty, Stevie stuck it away, and the third goal killed them. It was just a matter of time, waiting for that final whistle and hoping someone else had messed up for us. Our fans started going mental and were waiting for the final whistle.

"You feel for Bristol Rovers, but rather them than us."

Victory sparked wild scenes of celebration on the away terrace at Plainmoor and McClure joked: "I probably won't be home until about Wednesday."

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