Fleetwood recorded their sixth win in seven games to remain top of the Blue Square Bet Premier table as they thumped Ebbsfleet at Highbury.
While the victory kept the Cod Army two points clear of second-placed Wrexham, who have a game in hand, Jamie Vardy's hat-trick also gave their goal difference a handy boost.
Although Liam Enver-Marum put Ebbsfleet ahead in just the 15th minute that was as good as it got for the visitors, who found themselves 4-1 down by half-time.
Gareth Seddon levelled the scores from the kick off, calmly slotting home after his initial shot had come back off the post, before Peter Cavanagh converted Alan Goodall's cross to put Fleetwood ahead.
Vardy got in on the act for the first time in the 29th minute when he turned in Magno Vieira's parried shot. And when the striker was brought down in the box by Yado Mambo two minutes before the break, Andy Mangan stepped up to beat Lance Cronin from the penalty spot.
There was no let-off in the second half, as Vardy curled home from 25 yards to make it five, and then pulled off a brilliant lob to complete his hat-trick and take his goal tally to 25 for the season.
However Vardy's substitution with half an hour remaining took the sting out of Fleetwood, who conceded a second just four minutes from time when Enver-Marum struck from the edge of the penalty area.
Fleetwood bookings: Goodall.
Ebbsfleet bookings: Marwa.
well done colwyn bay------how the rest of the welsh clubs must envy you staying in the english pyrami... MORE >>
By bjones63 on Sun, 12th May 13