PHIL SENIOR'S glowing contribution to Town's revitalised play-off push has not gone unnoticed.
Senior pulled off some vital saves in the 3-1 win against Doncaster after keeping successive clean sheets to mop up the maximum Christmas points against Darlington and Bury.
News that Ian Gray will have to rest his damaged left hand still further means Senior is set to continue in the first-team shirt, and that's something which isn't worrying manager Peter Jackson or influential members of the team.
"I'm delighted for Phil because he has worked hard and done a terrific job," said Jackson, who is using Academy keeper Jacob Giles as cover on the bench.
"He made a brilliant save at a vital time against Doncaster and, since he came into the team, I can't really say that Phil has been responsible for any of the goals that we've conceded.
"You can't ask more than that, so I'm very pleased with Phil and let's hope he can continue in the same vein of form."
Striker Jon Stead - whose double against Doncaster, taking his tally for the season to 17, grabbed the headlines - also had good reason to praise his former Academy colleague.
"We were leading 2-1 against Doncaster when Dave Morley got in a free header and Phil made a fantastic save, diving to his left, to keep us in front," said Stead, whose goals helped Town to a third straight win.
"Morley was my man to mark at corners so it wouldn't have looked too good if he'd scored, so I have to thank Phil for that."
Stead added: "As soon as our third goal went in we were able to calm things down but Phil's save was vital in making sure we were able to seal the points."
* Town neighbours Bradford City were rocked last night by the resignation of chairman Gordon Gibb, who had poured a reported £5m-plus into the cash-strapped Nationwide Division I club.