Braintree Town director Jerry Carter has said the way that the club's supporters rallied to help them during a cashflow "blip" showed the "love and devotion" that fans have for their football club.

In a statement on the club's website, Carter said the way fans had reacted to the cashflow problem last week after an expected payment had not materialised was testament to how they felt about the club.

And he added that their actions, coupled with commitments from members of the board of directors meant first-team manager Brad Quinton and his players could now concentrate fully on their aim of staying in the Vanarama National League South promotion race.

The club statement said a financial "hiccup" last week was followed by a meeting called by Quinton and his staff to meet with directors and fans to discuss how to keep the 12th Man initiative - that has been started to find ways to boost the first-team playing budget - on track.

Rumours had started to spread that there was a problem, so the open meeting was held with more than 70 fans meeting club officials last Thursday.

Subsequently, both the Independent Supporters Club and the Friends and Supporters Association showed their support and immediately came up with the funds they could afford and this was backed with exceptionally generous donations from several individual supporters.

"It was a truly heart-warming experience," said Carter.

"One fan donated a full month's wages, while others donated three and four figure sums!

"Even those on the supporters coach had a whip-round and produced more.

"It shows the love and devotion of the fans of this football club.

"As a board, we have a duty to recognise and honour this and make sure we do all we can to ensure the club continues to operate at the highest sustainable level.

"The short term blip has now been resolved and the players have now received their wages in full.

"Plus, with the commitment of some board members, there is now funding in place to sustain the current wage bill to the end of the season.

"We now need to keep this push for promotion and back Brad and the lads by bringing more fans through the turnstiles, supporting events in the club house, attracting advertisers and sponsors from the Braintree business community.

"Can you help?"