Hang on to your hats – Vardy wants more

Kettering v Fleetwood by Derick Thomas 'Vardy celebrates second
Kettering v Fleetwood by Derick Thomas 'Vardy celebrates second

FLEETWOOD Town goal hero Jamie Vardy isn’t resting on his laurels after a quickfire hat-trick at Alfreton – he’s already focusing on his next one.

The 24-year-old winger – Town’s success story of the season so far – could be excused for basking in the glory of his 14-minute treble in Tuesday’s 4-1 victory at Alfreton Town.

The win strengthened the Highbury club’s grip on second spot in the Blue Square Bet Premier but Vardy says he won’t be satisfied with his goalscoring feats unless they help Town to end the season one place higher.

“I’ve bagged a few hat-tricks but I just have to get the next one now,” Vardy said after taking his tally to eight goals in nine games since his move from Halifax less than two months ago.

“This one was good but we want to be top at the end of the season – that’s all that matters.”

That doesn’t mean he isn’t proud of his first treble at non-league’s elite level, adding: “It was a 15-yarder, a five-yarder and then a bullet into the top corner.”

The 15-yarder followed a through ball from Andy Mangan and Vardy showed supreme confidence to beat ex-Peterborough keeper Joe Day one-on-one.

“I always back myself. I was talking to Mangs afterwards and he said that as soon as he put me through he was shouting goal,” Vardy added.

The hat-trick showed off two of the Yorkshireman’s prime assets – pace and the ability to used both feet (he is right-footed but scored all three with his left).

He said: “I just use all my abilities to my advantage. I have quite good pace and I don’t think too many will catch me if I get beyond them. I’ve got a decent left foot too.”

Vardy’s goals all came early in the second half after Alfreton had shown some stubborn resistance in the first.

“You have to turn up and break them down,” explained Vardy. “They were always going to be in our faces but we’ve proved we’ve got the quality up front, and we’ve finished them off and got the three points. Alfreton are struggling at the moment but they are a decent team.”

Vardy was also responsible for the only first-half goal, winning the penalty which Richard Brodie insisted on taking.

“We’ve got to let Brods get away with some things,” quipped Vardy. In his current form, Vardy’s team-mates can’t be blamed for taking every chance they can get to steal a little limelight from the club’s brightest star.