Vardy steals show against former team

Halifax's Jamie Vardy takes on Stocksbridge Park Steels Brett Lovell
Halifax's Jamie Vardy takes on Stocksbridge Park Steels Brett Lovell
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Former Stocksbridge striker Jamie Vardy scored twice and made another on his first return to Bracken Moor as FC Halifax strolled to a comfortable win.

Huddersfield manager Lee Clarke and his assistant Terry McDermott were both watching Vardy, who has recently been subject of an unsuccessful £75,000 bid from Stockport County.

Steels, in their first warm up game held the Blue Square North side until the 48th minute when Vardy crossed for Lee Gregory to score a simple tap-in. Andy Ring had a great chance to level a minute later but blazed over.

The game was wrapped up in the space of two minutes when on 59 minutes Nicky Gray (son of ex Leeds winger Eddie) crossed to the far post where Vardy netted with a simple header. It was 3-0 a minute later when from another great cross Vardy tapped home at the second attempt.

FC grabbed a fourth on 70 minutes through substitute Scott Hogan before Stocksbridge grabbed a consolation on 73 minutes when Colin Marrison, the former Sheffield United player, ran in to score with a low finish, despite the keeper getting to a hand to it.

Steels boss Gary Morrow said: “It was an excellent work out despite the result and it gave me the opportunity to have a look at three or four trialists.”