Mansfield Town hotshot Matt Green hoping for a dream double

Matt Green celebrates scoring for the Stags  -Pic by:Richard Parkes
Matt Green celebrates scoring for the Stags -Pic by:Richard Parkes

Mansfield Town striker Matt Green has one eye on the BSBP Golden Boot top scorer award.

But, ahead of Saturday’s massive game at Braintree Town on a day that Stags could win the league, the 23-goal hitman admits he would gladly swap that for a championship medal.

“The Golden Boot is something any young striker dreams of,” he said. “But the most important thing is promotion. If I could win the Boot and a championship medal, that would be a dream come true. But the championship medal is the most important.

“To be part of a title-winning side at this club would be a moment to remember.

“It would be a great achievement, more special because it’s with Mansfield Town. We were unlucky last season and, this season, I couldn’t have written the script any better. The club, the staff, the players, the fans – everyone deserves it.”

Green, who bagged 30 goals last season, added: “To get to the 20-goal mark is what any striker wants to achieve and it’s a weight off my shoulders. Now I will just try to get as many goals as I can in the three games left.

“It has been harder this season, but scoring goals makes me happy. The goals have been spread throughout the team this season, everyone chipping in together.”

Stags were rocked by last Thursday’s 2-1 at Wrexham, but quickly hit back to see off Barrow 4-0 and Macclesfield 3-1 to set up a possible title win on Saturday if Stags can beat Braintree and Wrexham beat Kidderminster.

Said Green: “Barrow and Macclesfield were massive games. Losing at Wrexham was a bit of a blessing in disguise looking back. It gave us a realisation of the position we were in.

“Barrow was a tough game to grind out a result after Wrexham. But it was good it came two days later as the feeling of defeat at Wrexham was fresh in our minds and we wanted to make it right. I thought we dealt with it professionally.”

Manager Paul Cox said he couldn’t praise Green highly enough.

“I have always believed in Matt, even when he has gone through sticky patches,” he said. “He is an honest boy and to work with him has been immense. I enjoy working with him and can’t give him enough praise.

“Matt epitomises what we are all about.

“So many times this season when he’s not scored, he has lost a bit of his smile and the glint in his eye and I have had to put an arm around him and tell him he has worked hard for the team.

“The other players appreciate his work ethic and how he puts his body on the line. He occupies back fours on his own and gives other people time to play.”