BOSS Neil Aspin hailed goal hero Jamie Vardy after his hat-trick gave Town the unlikeliest of 3-2 wins over Chasetown last night.
The visitors took a 71st minute lead and looked set to complete a league double over the Shaymen until Vardy popped up with two in five minutes to turn the game on its head.
Chasetown then levelled with only stoppage time remaining only for Vardy to smash home a magnificent winner in the fourth added minute.
“When we signed him at the start of the season, he was a player not many people knew much about,” said Aspin.
“Sometimes supporters look for a big name, someone who has played at a higher level.
“But I knew if we could get Jamie Vardy it would be a big signing for us.
“I had tried to sign him when I was at Harrogate. He was always on the top of our shopping list and credit is due to the chairman who backed me when I wanted to sign him.
“He has got better as the season has gone on but certainly over the last few weeks his assists and goals have helped us out in many games.
“You cannot say anything other than last night’s hat trick was fantastic and the quality of the third one is something you don’t often see,
“I am just delighted he is at the club.”
Buxton dropped points as they were held to a draw by Ashton and Colwyn Bay lost to Nantwich as the Shaymen moved 11 point clear at the top.
But Aspin admitted he had feared the worst when the visitors, who won the game between the sides in the midlands 2-1 in August, took the lead.
“You go through all sorts of emotions on the touchline, it drives you mad and it gets you frustrated,” he said.
“But that’s why we all love football because you can have nights like last night with all the satisfaction at the end.”
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Evo Stik Premier Division: Buxton 1 Ashton United 1, FC Halifax Town 3 Chasetown 2, Frickley Athletic 2 Bradford Park Avenue 2, Kendal Town 2 Marine 1, Nantwich Town 2 Colwyn Bay 1, North Ferriby United 3 Matlock Town 1, Ossett Town 2 Worksop Town 3, Retford United 2 Hucknall Town 5