Aspin in seventh heaven after Hinckley rout

Neil Aspin
Neil Aspin

Neil Aspin said there was only going to be one winner once the floodgates were opened in FC Halifax Town’s 7-0 mauling of Hinckley at the Shay.

A hat-trick from Lee Gregory, his second treble in two games, along with an Alex Johnson double and one each for Dan Gardner and Alex Titchiner, saw rock-bottom Hinckley trounced in Town’s biggest league win of the season.

The Town boss was pleased to see all three available strikers find the net in front of acrowd of 900, with Aspin also praising the supporters for turning out in numbers.

He said: “Once we got in front, there’s only one team going to win and I’m pleased we got a clean sheet which is important. We’ve also boosted our goal difference and it’s nice to get the strikers on the score sheet which is good for their confidence, so it’s been a really good night.

“I’d also like to thank the supporters who turned up because they’ve had a game on Saturday, it’s costly to come to another game and there’s a big match on the telly, so I thought the turnout was excellent.

“I must admit I wasn’t really looking forward to the game tonight because it’s one everybody expects you to win comfortably, but sometimes football’s not like that.

“But I did feel for them and their manager tonight, it was difficult for them to raise their game. To give them credit, they didn’t sit back and they played with two strikers from the start. “

Gregory took his tally to 22 for the season, and to seven in the last two games, with another eye-catching display up front, while Alex Johnson came off the nech to grab a brace.

Aspin says he has been pleased with Gregory’s response after a spell on the bench, and also praised Johnson’s confidence will be boosted by his double.

He said: “Lee was disappointed he hadn’t been starting and I was disappointed he hadn’t been knocking on my door saying he was desperate to play.

“But his attitude has been really good and I’m delighted he’s got the goals. His all round play was excellent on Saturday to get four against Worcester and he’s followed that on tonight, so his confidence is sky high.

“It’s difficult for Alex because he’s come from Clitheroe, a couple of leagues below, and it’s a step up to come to this club, not just being two leagues higher but the size and expectations here are higher.

“He’s only young and it’s difficult when you’re a forward but the one thing about him is he works really hard and he showed great bottle to take the penalty where others perhaps wouldn’t.

“It’s great for his confidence and from the number of games he’s played, he has produced some goals for us.”

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