Gregs feared his season was over

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Strikers love a goal and Town frontman Lee Gregory will be bidding to get on the scoresheet for the third game in a row at Stalybridge Celtic tomorrow (3.0).

But the Shaymen’s 17-goal leading scorer has admitted that there was a time at the end of February when he did not think he would be able to help the club’s push for a third successive promotion.

The former Mansfield man returned from injury at Nuneaton only to pull up in the second half with a recurrence of a hamstring problem and limp from the Liberty Way pitch.

“I feared the worst,” he said. “And the physio said it did not look good.

“Fortunately the swelling went down after a few days and it healed quicker than we thought.

“I felt all right after two weeks but we rushed back a bit the previous time so we left it longer this time.”

Caution was the key and, after a further four matches on the sidelines, Gregory was back for the 3-1 win at Bishop’s Stortford.

He did not score in that game, but netted against Guiseley and Histon and is delighted to be back on track.

“Personally I think I am starting to get back to full fitness and playing well,” he said.

“When you have been out for so long you tend to forget about the goals you have already scored.

“It is nice to get back to scoring ways.”

His opening goal against Histon last weekend settled the nerves and ensured the Shaymen go into the Easter weekend in the top five.

“We needed the win on Saturday, especially after the game against Guiseley,” he said.

“That was a bit deceiving because we played really well in the first half

“We pulled it together at the weekend and it was a great result.”

There are five matches remaining for all the play-off contenders with the points deduction suffered by Nuneaton - scheduled to kick in on April 11 - meaning there are effectively four points covering five teams battling for the final three places.

The Shaymen are in the thick of it and Gregory, whose closest rival in the Town scoring stakes is 11-goal Danny Holland, knows they will be expected to go on and secure a top five finish.

“It is going to be tight, but it is in our hands,” said Gregory. “If we let it go now it is our fault and no one else’s.”

Town’s directors are helping fund the transport for fans wishing to travel on the official supporters coaches to Stalybridge Celtic.

Places can be book now by calling 07707 143094 and there will be no charge although a donation can be made towards the cost on the day. Transport leaves the Shay at 1pm.