ellington on Town bench

LEE Ellington goes straight into the Halifax Town squad for tomorrow’s Evo-Stik Premier Division trip to Buxton.

But the big striker, signed on loan from Harrogate Town this week, will have to wait to make his debut for Neil Aspin’s table toppers.

Ellington, who has been a prolific scorer in his career, is likely to have to settle for a place on the bench as the Shaymen continue their bid for a second successive promotion.

“He will come straight into the squad, but he will have to wait for his chance,” said Aspin, who has brought in Ellington to offset the loss through injury of target man James Dean.

“Lee Ellington is a proven scorer with over 150 goals in non League football.

“I first saw him playing for Gainsborough and he had one exceptionally good season at Stalybridge, so he has a good pedigree.”

Ellington, 30, has scored twice in 24 games for Harrogate this season and Aspin sees his switch to the Shaymen as the ideal chance to get back on track.

“It is a good opportunity for him to get his career going again,” said Aspin.

“Any striker gets confidence from scoring goals and if you have scored goals, then you stop your confidence dips.”

A change of club might be the thing that gives him a lift.”

Ellington arrived at the Shay in a swap deal that saw Richard Marshall move in the opposite direction on loan for a month.

“It has been a difficult season for Richard Marshall because he has not played as many games as he would have liked,” said Aspin.

“The situation was that he didn’t want to leave the club, but he wanted to play games.

“With James Dean’s injury I was looking for more of an out and out striker than someone who can play in a number of positions.”

With two players having left the club this week - Central defender James Riley switched to Bradford Park Avenue after Tuesday’s County Cup clash at Guiseley - and only one coming in, Aspin has not ruled out further signings.

“I would like another defender because we are a bit thin on the ground there,” he admitted.

Buxton provided Town with their first competitive opposition of the season, with goals from Danny Holland and Jamie Vardy eventually seeing the Aspin’s side home 2-1 at the Shay.

“The first game of the season was close and could have gone either way,” said Aspin. “And they have had some good results since then.

“They are one of a pack of teams who are capable of getting a result against any other side in the division.”

Aspin looks set to keep faith with the 11 players that started last week’s game at home to Ashton United for tomorrow’s clash.

And he has received a further boost with the return to training of Harry Winter, who has missed much of the campaign with a knee injury.

“Harry Winter is pushing ahead and, without putting pressure on him, I would like to think he could make a comeback in April,” said Aspin.

FC Halifax Town (probable): Hedge, Hardy, Lowe, Bower, L Hogan, Garner, Baker, Phelan, Vardy, Holland, Gregory. Subs: Senior, Milne, Metcalfe, S Hogan, Ellington.