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BOSS Neil Aspin has a message for the host of Football League clubs who have set their sights on his players: “I am under no pressure to sell.”

Scouts from Preston North End, Doncaster Rovers, Bury, Crewe Alexandra and Torquay United were among those who saw the Shaymen beat Nantwich 3-1 last night to move a step closer to the Evo Stik Premier Division title.

But both Jamie Vardy, who took his goal tally to eight in three games with a double, and Liam Hogan, who headed home Town’s second, are under contract for next season.

“We have one or two players here who could play higher,” said Aspin, who would not be drawn on who the scouts were watching.

“But the club as it is set up now wants to progress and wants to keep its best players.

“I have to tie up players who I believe could go higher because they are assets to the club.

“And I already have players signed for next season.”

With Worksop losing at Frickley, Town will be confirmed as champions on Saturday if they beat Matlock and their only remaining rivals Buxton lose at home to North Ferriby tonight or at Ossett on Saturday.

“We want to win it at the Shay - but I’d take it winning it anywhere,” said Aspin.

“It depends on the result tonight but one way or another if we take three points on Saturday we will be virtually there.

“To get to this point has been a great achievement and I cannot speak more highly about the players.

“They deserve to finish the job off.”

Nantwich were a far better organised team last night than the one beaten 6-0 in Cheshire a little more than a month ago.

They were more compact in defence and frustrated the Shaymen for long periods until Hogan’s goal put Town 2-1 ahead with 18 minutes remaining.

“It is a tribute to our players that teams are setting up like that against us,” said Aspin.

“To be fair to Nantwich, the way we played down there, I didn’t expect them to play any differently to the way they did last night.”