Aspin checks on injured striker Lee

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Town boss Neil Aspin will be checking on the fitness of striker Lee Gregory ahead of the weekend clash with Bishop’s Stortford when the players train tonight.

Leading scorer Gregory bagged his 15th goal of the season after seven minutes of Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw with Gainsborough Trinity.

He was forced to leave the field clutching his back by the half hour mark having previously received treatment.

But Aspin is hopeful the former Mansfield Town man will recover in time to play on Saturday.

“He seems to suffer a lot with his back,” said Aspin. “I am no expert but he seems to be very muscular in his upper body and whether that has an effect on his back I don’t know.

“He had a spasm in his back and couldn’t really move so he had to come off.

“I would expect something like that can be cleared up for Saturday and I wouldn’t expect him to miss that game.

“When he has just scored and he is your top scorer, you don’t want him coming off that early in a game.”

Aspin will also be checking on skipper Tom Baker who missed his second game in a row with a calf injury on Tuesday.

Baker, who played in every single league game Town played in 2011, is on the road to recovery.

But it could be another week before he is back in action, potentially returning against Nuneaton on February 4.

“I think he would have a chance,” said Aspin. “I would certainly say that if not Saturday then he would definitely be fit for the following week.”

With Baker sidelined again, Aspin took the opportunity to hand a debut to former Leeds United youngster Will Hatfield.

And the manager was clearly impressed, as were the home fans, by what he saw from the 20-year-old whose Elland Road contract was cancelled by mutual consent earlier this month.

“I thought he did well,” said Aspin. He looked like what he is - a midfield player.

“We have been struggling to get a midfield player in but I thought he moved the ball well and was composed in possession.

“He obviously knows what he is doing and can be a good addition for us.”

Centenary plates celebrating 100 years of football in Halifax will be available inside both turnstiles before Saturday’s home game against Bishop’s Stortford.

Johnny Meynell’s Halifax Town: The Complete Record book, is also available at a reduced price of £20 and advance orders can be placed by e-mailing