Vardy’s set for Parks reunion

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SENTIMENT will not come into it when Jamie Vardy faces former club Stocksbridge Park Steels on Saturday for the first time since joining Halifax Town in the summer.

The Shay speedster missed the clash between the sides in South Yorkshire early in the season as he was recovering from a foot injury.

He watched the Shaymen win that game 5-3 and is looking forward to trying to get one over on his former colleagues at the weekend.

“It is always horrible watching and I am looking forward to it,” he said.

“Stocksbridge looked after me well during good times and bad.

“I still see the players there but I am a Halifax Town player now.

“It is bound to be strange, but I am happy to play against them.”

Vardy has been in scintillating form in recent weeks and produced another impressive display as Town increased their lead at the top of the Evo Stik Premier Division to 13 points with a 3-0 win over Kendal on Tuesday.

“I am pleased with the way it’s going at the moment,” he said. “It would have been nicer to have got a goal on Tuesday, but I set two up so I am happy with that.”

There had been some confusion over Town’s second goal, credited to Lee Gregory.

And Vardy admitted that the former Mansfield striker had got the faintest of touches to his cross.

“It just flicked off one strand of hair on his head so I will have to give it to him,” he said.

Despite the massive advantage Neil Aspin’s side have built up, Vardy said that the players were taking nothing for granted as they approach the climax to the season.

“There are 16 league games left and we just have to keep going,” he said. “It is in our own hands.

“As long as we don’t slip we will be fine and there has been no hint of a slip.

“But we will just take one game at a time.”

Bookings are still being taken for the shuttle bus which will operate at the club’s Sportsman’s Dinner at the Cedar Court tomorrow. The cost is £5 and it will pick up at the Three Pigeons at 6.30 and the Belgrave SC at 6.45. Call 07707 143094 to book a place