Seddon’s delight at super quick hat-trick

Gareth Seddon got a record breaking hat-trick on Saturday
Gareth Seddon got a record breaking hat-trick on Saturday

Gareth Seddon fired himself into FA Trophy history with the competition’s fastest ever hat-trick - but said he had no idea it had happened so quickly.

Seddon struck three times in just under four minutes at the end of the first half - the third a wonderful solo effort - to give Town a 4-1 lead at the break.

They went on to wrap up a 5-2 victory and seal their place in the second round - and Seddon said he was thrilled to have got on the scoresheet.

“I’ve never scored a hat-trick that quick.” he said. “To be honest I didn’t realise it was that quick. I probably could have had two before that. Even though we went behind I thought we were playing really well as a team and our passing was good. But we’ve let in another sloppy goal and we needed to get that goal back from Greggers and after that we dominated.”

Town conceded first when Conference North top scorer Damien Reeves reacted first to Matt Glennon’s parry, but Seddon was pleased with Town’s response.

“We’ve gone behind and come back to win a couple of times now, but we can’t keep doing it. I don’t know whether it’s lack of concentration of just being unlucky, but if we score first then we go on and win 3, 4 or 5 nil. At the minute though we’re conceding that sloppy goal.”

Last week it was Alex Titchiner who bagged a hat-trick as Town thumped Droylsden, but with the striker now back at his parent club Fleetwood Town, Seddon was partnered with Lee Gregory and Dale Johnson to give Town a different approach in attack.

“When we had Titch it was a bit different,” explained Seddon, who now has nine goals this season.

“He liked to work off my flicks ons and I was the big central striker who was getting knocked and banged around and he was feeding off that. But Greggers and Dale have come in and they’re both great at running in behind and holding the ball up. I think the gaffer has a great choice of strikers and we’re all good enough to play together.”

Seddon has pulled level with Gregory on nine and is one behind Johnson on ten goals - and race for top scorer is hotting up.

“I know Dale Johnson is bothered about being top scorer because he will not pass to anybody! He’s even said as long as he scores and gets top goalscorer then he doesn’t care about the result,” he joked.

“But seriously, it’s always good to have a bit of rivalry and competition but as long as we’re up there at the top of the league and I’m playing I don’t care who scores as long as we’re winning.

Seddon is now looking forward to the West Yorkshire derby with Guiseley, and will hope to end the match on a more positive note than the first derby game of the season - when he was sent off at Bradford Park Avenue after he initially opened the scoring.

“Guiseley will be a tough game. The lads went there last year and won, and if our attitude is good I think we’ve got a better squad than them and it’s just about whoever turns up on the day,” he said.