Jamie Vardy hit a hat-trick at Highbury as Blue Square Bet Premier leaders Fleetwood hammered Ebbsfleet to do their goal difference a power of good.

Ebbsfleet shocked the home side when Liam Enver-Marum found the top corner.

But the Cod Army roared back to lead 4-1 by the break, thanks to goals from Gareth Seddon, Peter Cavanagh, Vardy and an Andy Mangan penalty.

Vardy scored two long-range stunners to make it 6-1 by the hour but Enver-Marum had the last word with his second goal.

Fleetwood's win made it six wins out of seven as they stay two points clear of nearest rivals Wrexham, who won 1-0 at Kidderminster.

The visitors had high hopes after Enver-Marum's early strike, but Fleetwood levelled straight from the kick-off when Seddon's shot came back off a post and he coolly converted.

Cavanagh then finished neatly from Alan Goodall's cross before Town added a third when Vardy followed up Magno Vieira's parried shot.

And Mangan scored from the spot after Yado Mambo brought down Vardy.

It took Fleetwood just three second-half minutes to score their fifth, Vardy curling home a 25-yard stunner.

And the prolific striker completed his hat-trick with an even better goal - a superb lob from distance to take his tally to 25 for the season.

After Vardy was replaced by Richard Brodie, Fleetwood went off the boil, Enver-Marum grabbing his second with a well-taken strike from the edge of the area.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ebbsfleet manager Liam Diash told BBC Radio Kent:

Daish accepts Fleet beaten by better side

"We showed naivety at times and a lack of communication against a side who you can see why they are top of the league.

"They were brighter, sharper, fitter and clinical with their finishing.

"You can see why they will probably end up in the league next year.

"Jamie Vardy, what's he (worth) - £750,000? That buys the whole club for us."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Fleetwood Town

  • 01 Davies
  • 05 McNulty
  • 13 Goodall Booked
  • 26 Cavanagh
  • 06 Pond
  • 18 McGuire
  • 27 Fowler (Milligan - 68' )
  • 10 Vieira (Rose - 57' )
  • 14 Mangan
  • 19 Seddon
  • 33 Vardy (Brodie - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 34 Stephenson
  • 25 Atkinson
  • 08 Milligan
  • 31 Rose
  • 09 Brodie

Ebbsfleet United

  • 01 Cronin
  • 06 Lorraine (Phipp - 46' )
  • 22 Mambo
  • 02 Stone
  • 08 Marwa Booked
  • 14 Howe (Smith - 30' )
  • 24 Barrett
  • 09 Willock
  • 15 Marum
  • 23 Ugwu
  • 26 Pinney (Shakes - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 12 McNeil
  • 16 Smith
  • 11 Phipp
  • 10 Shakes
  • 19 Williams
Ref: Clark
Att: 1,411

Match Stats

Shots

22 13

On target

15 7

Corners

11 4

Fouls

10 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:21 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +2:38

Outswinging corner taken by Jamie Milligan from the right by-line played to the near post, Ram Marwa makes a clearance.

90:00 +2:17

Short corner taken by Danny Rose, Yado Mambo manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +0:39

Outswinging corner taken by Jamie Milligan from the right by-line.

89:48 Booking

Booking Booking for Alan Goodall for unsporting behaviour.

89:23

Foul by Alan Goodall on Ricky Shakes, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Craig Stone.

88:18

The ball is swung over by Andy Mangan.

88:04

Foul by Yado Mambo on Jamie Milligan, free kick awarded. Jamie McGuire takes the direct free kick.

85:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Liam Enver-Marum - Fleetwood 6 - 2 Ebbsfleet Liam Enver-Marum fires in a goal from just outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fleetwood Town 6-2 Ebbsfleet United.

84:59

Gareth Seddon challenges Neil Barrett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Tom Phipp.

83:16

Centre by Ricky Shakes.

80:51

Richard Brodie takes a shot. Ross Smith gets a block in. Corner taken by Jamie Milligan.

80:07

Richard Brodie takes a shot. Lance Cronin makes a save.

79:31

Liam Enver-Marum sends in a cross, save made by Scott Davies.

77:54

Yado Mambo fouled by Richard Brodie, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Tom Phipp.

76:36

Corner taken left-footed by Liam Enver-Marum, Neil Barrett takes a shot. Save made by Scott Davies. Liam Enver-Marum decides to take a short corner. Tom Phipp crosses the ball, clearance made by Nathan Pond. Ricky Shakes produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

76:04

Unfair challenge on Yado Mambo by Richard Brodie results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Lance Cronin.

75:28

Alan Goodall fouled by Ricky Shakes, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Davies takes the indirect free kick.

74:58

Ross Smith takes a shot. Scott Davies makes a save.

73:05

Unfair challenge on Ram Marwa by Andy Mangan results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Craig Stone.

72:39

Jamie Milligan takes a shot. Lance Cronin makes a save.

71:47

The ball is swung over by Liam Enver-Marum, Scott Davies makes a save.

71:08

Centre by Liam Enver-Marum, save by Scott Davies.

70:31

The ball is crossed by Ricky Shakes, Liam Enver-Marum takes a shot. Save made by Scott Davies. Inswinging corner taken by Liam Enver-Marum from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Danny Rose.

69:55

The referee blows for offside. Craig Stone restarts play with the free kick.

69:36

Calum Willock takes a shot. Nathan Pond gets a block in.

69:06

Richard Brodie concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Phipp. Free kick taken by Yado Mambo.

68:30

The official flags Richard Brodie offside. Lance Cronin takes the indirect free kick.

67:57 Substitution

Substitution Jamie Milligan replaces Lee Fowler.

65:51

The offside flag is raised against Richard Brodie. Indirect free kick taken by Lance Cronin.

65:03

Foul by Richard Brodie on Liam Enver-Marum, free kick awarded. Lance Cronin restarts play with the free kick.

64:42

Richard Brodie takes a shot. Blocked by Lance Cronin. Peter Cavanagh sends in a cross, Ross Smith manages to make a clearance.

64:26

Calum Willock concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Pond. Scott Davies restarts play with the free kick.

63:17

Andy Mangan has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

62:03

Ricky Shakes produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.

60:08 Substitution

Substitution Richard Brodie on for Jamie Vardy.

60:08

Shot from just outside the penalty box by Andy Mangan misses to the left of the target.

59:18

Craig Stone crosses the ball.

58:56

Steve McNulty challenges Calum Willock unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tom Phipp.

57:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Jamie Vardy - Fleetwood 6 - 1 Ebbsfleet Jamie Vardy grabs a goal from a long way out high into the middle of the goal. Fleetwood Town 6-1 Ebbsfleet United.

57:28

Jamie McGuire concedes a free kick for a foul on Neil Barrett. Ross Smith takes the direct free kick.

56:29

Save by Lance Cronin.

56:29 Substitution

Substitution Magno Vieira goes off and Danny Rose comes on.

56:29

Corner from the right by-line taken by Alan Goodall,

56:24

Jamie Vardy crosses the ball, Tom Phipp gets a block in.

55:04

The ball is delivered by Jamie Vardy, Ross Smith manages to make a clearance.

55:04 Booking

Booking Caution for Ram Marwa.

54:50

Ram Marwa challenges Jamie Vardy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve McNulty.

54:42

Craig Stone delivers the ball, Jamie McGuire manages to make a clearance.

54:07

A cross is delivered by Ricky Shakes, Alan Goodall gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Enver-Marum played to the near post.

53:00

The ball is swung over by Liam Enver-Marum, Steve McNulty makes a clearance. Ram Marwa takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.

49:38

Shot from just outside the box by Gozie Ugwu goes over the crossbar.

49:14

The ball is swung over by Ricky Shakes, clearance by Steve McNulty.

47:22

Assist by Peter Cavanagh.

47:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Jamie Vardy - Fleetwood 5 - 1 Ebbsfleet Goal scored by Jamie Vardy from outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fleetwood Town 5-1 Ebbsfleet United.

46:39

Ricky Shakes sends in a cross. Liam Enver-Marum sends in a cross.

46:21

The ball is delivered by Alan Goodall, save by Lance Cronin.

45:55

Magno Vieira takes a shot. Craig Stone gets a block in. Alan Goodall takes a short corner.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Ricky Shakes is brought on as a substitute for Nathaniel Pinney.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Ebbsfleet United) makes a substitution, with Tom Phipp coming on for Paul Lorraine.

45:00 +2:30 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +2:03

The offside flag is raised against Gareth Seddon. Free kick taken by Lance Cronin.

45:00 +0:48

Gareth Seddon takes a shot. Save by Lance Cronin.

44:59

Jamie McGuire gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Neil Barrett. Free kick taken by Lance Cronin.

42:41

The assist for the goal came from Jamie Vardy.

42:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Andy Mangan - Fleetwood 4 - 1 Ebbsfleet Andy Mangan scores a placed penalty. Fleetwood Town 4-1 Ebbsfleet United.

41:47

Unfair challenge on Jamie Vardy by Yado Mambo results in a Penalty.

40:26

Jamie Vardy crosses the ball, save made by Lance Cronin.

39:49

Liam Enver-Marum takes a shot. Nathan Pond gets a block in.

38:39

Corner taken by Alan Goodall.

38:17

Jamie McGuire takes a shot. Craig Stone gets a block in. The ball is crossed by Jamie Vardy, Ram Marwa gets a block in.

33:04

The ball is swung over by Nathaniel Pinney, save made by Scott Davies.

31:30

The assistant referee signals for offside against Magno Vieira. Lance Cronin restarts play with the free kick.

31:01

Andy Mangan decides to take the corner short, clearance by Paul Lorraine. Jamie McGuire decides to take a short corner.

30:34

Andy Mangan takes a short corner.

30:16

Alan Goodall delivers the ball. Alan Goodall sends in a cross, Yado Mambo manages to make a clearance.

29:31 Substitution

Substitution Ross Smith joins the action as a substitute, replacing Joe Howe.

28:38

Assist on the goal came from Magno Vieira.

28:38 Goal scored

Goal! - Jamie Vardy - Fleetwood 3 - 1 Ebbsfleet Jamie Vardy finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Fleetwood Town 3-1 Ebbsfleet United.

28:15

Magno Vieira takes a shot. Lance Cronin makes a save.

27:30

Magno Vieira takes a shot. Save made by Lance Cronin.

26:05

Gareth Seddon produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

24:45

The offside flag is raised against Magno Vieira. Lance Cronin takes the indirect free kick.

23:57

A cross is delivered by Gozie Ugwu.

22:10

Assist by Alan Goodall.

22:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Peter Cavanagh - Fleetwood 2 - 1 Ebbsfleet Peter Cavanagh finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fleetwood Town 2-1 Ebbsfleet United.

22:05

Centre by Alan Goodall,

21:33

Gozie Ugwu sends in a cross, save by Scott Davies.

19:54

The assistant referee signals for offside against Gareth Seddon. Craig Stone restarts play with the free kick.

19:06

Magno Vieira has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.

18:24

Nathan Pond crosses the ball, Craig Stone manages to make a clearance.

17:59

The assistant referee flags for offside against Calum Willock. Nathan Pond takes the indirect free kick.

16:34

Nathaniel Pinney handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Davies.

15:35 Goal scored

Goal! - Gareth Seddon - Fleetwood 1 - 1 Ebbsfleet Gareth Seddon gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fleetwood Town 1-1 Ebbsfleet United.

15:02

Gareth Seddon takes a shot from close range that bounces off the post.

14:05 Goal scored

Goal! - Liam Enver-Marum - Fleetwood 0 - 1 Ebbsfleet Liam Enver-Marum fires in a goal from just outside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Fleetwood Town 0-1 Ebbsfleet United.

12:04

Effort on goal by Magno Vieira from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

11:29

Shot from just outside the area by Nathaniel Pinney misses to the right of the target.

11:03

Magno Vieira crosses the ball.

10:00

Peter Cavanagh produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

5:00

Jamie Vardy delivers the ball, Shot by Magno Vieira. Save made by Lance Cronin. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Alan Goodall from the right by-line, save by Lance Cronin.

3:38

Close range effort by Nathaniel Pinney misses to the left of the target.

1:48

Jamie Vardy produces a cross, Lance Cronin makes a save.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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