Great chance for Luke to stake his claim

Luke Ashworth could benefit from being in the right place at the right time as he looks to build a new career at the Shay.

The defender made his Town debut as a half time substitute against Hinckley at the weekend and did well despite only having trained once with his new teammates

“Luke knows the situation,” said Town boss Neil Aspin. “There is an opportunity because we don’t have loads of defensive players.

“He might have to be patient but he showed on Saturday he can do a job.”

Ashworth, who played in the Football League with Leyton Orient and Rotherham United, got his chance because of suspension to Liam Hogan and Scott McManus.

And Aspin was pleased with the 22-year-old’s display given the week he had endured in the build up to the game.

“He had a week in which he was released by Harrogate on the Tuesday, trained with us on Thursday and thrown into the team on Saturday,” he said.

“I thought it would have been a tall order for him to have started. I didn’t think that would have been fair.

“But I knew he might have to go on and in the end he did fine.”

Aspin made it clear last week that he was looking to fine tune his squad for the second half of the campaign.

He has already allowed one of his summer signings, David Haggerty, to return to his former club Eastwood.

And it appears Gregg Anderson will be the next of the close season centre back arrivals to depart the Shay.

“I spoke to Gregg and felt unfortunately in my opinion he was finding it difficult at this level and it would probably be better if he found another club,” said the Shay chief.

“He is a great lad and I have nothing but good things to say about him.

“He has trained hard, got a good attitude and is very determined as a player.

“I don’t know whether it is the club being a bit of a big step or the level he has found difficult.

“But that is not to say he couldn’t go somewhere else and do well.”

Town fans looking to celebrate 100 years of professional football in Halifax can buy a commemorative plate.

The price is £20 and orders can be made by calling 07707 143094.

Town fans wishing to travel on the official supporters’ coach to Gainsborough Trinity on Boxing Day can book now by calling the travel line on 07707 143094.

The cost is a “Christmas special” £10.00 and transport leaves the Shay at 12pm.

Places must be booked by tomorrow.