Shaymen further in front

TOWN got off to the perfect start as they moved 15 points clear at the top of the Evo-Stik Premier Division with a 3-0 win at North Ferriby on Saturday.

Boss Neil Aspin has been urging his side to begin games at a high tempo and Jamie Vardy struck after just 23 seconds in East Yorkshire, setting the platform for a third successive away win.

“It is not often you score so early in a game,” he said. “But coming into the match, given the manner in which we lost to them at home, it was the perfect start.

“You are not bothered who scores the goals, but at the moment Jamie Vardy is on a good run and he was lively throughout.”

Lee Gregory doubled Town’s advantage on the stroke of half time - his seventh goal in seven games since returning to the club - and Vardy bagged his second after the break to make the game safe.

“We got the goals at good times, with the second coming so close to half time,” said Aspin. “North Ferriby had a good spell when they were dangerous and could have got back in the game.

“The third goal killed the game completely. I always believe when you are 2-0 up you need that third to kill it.

“You can say we won 3-0 anyway, but if you don’t get the third it gives the opposition hope to the end.”

The victory avenged the only home league defeat since Aspin took charge of Town, Ferriby having won 2-0 at the Shay back in November.

“I said before the game we could not afford any breaks in the chain,” he said. “You have to have 11 players working hard to win the match.

“We had people off the pace at the Shay when they beat us. On Saturday we were strong all the way through and deserved to win.”

Only one other Premier Division game survived the weather and there was more good news for the Shaymen with Worksop losing 4-1 at home to Ossett Town.

If Worksop, who Town have yet to play, win their three games in hand they would be 10 points behind the Shaymen while Buxton could close the gap on Aspin’s side to five points if they win all of their five games in hand.

“Buxton have not played but if they win their games in hand they will close in on us,” said Aspin. “It makes their task harder because they have more games to play.

“We know from last year, when we were not playing and Lancaster kept winning, that it can be a real kick in the teeth.

“Other teams will have been waiting for the result of Saturday’s game and hoping we would lose, but we got the win.

“But regardless of the state of the league, you just focus on the next league game.

“We want to win the next league game and keep the run going.”