Luke looking for permanent Shay switch

Luke Ashworth answered the call when Town boss Neil Aspin had something of a defensive crisis.

He arrived with Liam Hogan and Scott McManus suspended and Aaron Hardy injured.

Now the 22-year-old former Rotherham United and Leyton Orient player - who has been more accustomed to playing as a centre back - is hoping he can persuade the Shay boss to make his stay at the Shay a little longer.

With Ryan Toulson suspended and Hardy still not completely recovered from an ankle injury, Ashworth made his first start for the Shaymen in the Boxing Day win at Gainsborough.

But he knows that he faces competition to retain his place in the side from the duo on the right and he is prepared to play anywhere along the back line in a bid to make a further impression.

“Hopefully I can make it something more permanent,” he said.

“But at the moment I am just concentrating on getting games and playing as well as I can.

“We will have to see what happens from there.

“I have played right back a couple of times and enjoy it.

“It is a little different to being in the middle of the defence.

“But I can play anywhere across the back four really.”

Ashworth’s arrival was a bit hurried after he was told he was no longer required by the club’s Blue Square Bet North rivals Harrogate Town.

But the Bolton-born defender appears to have landed on his feet with consecutive victories in the games in which he has been involved seeing the Shaymen climb into the play off places for the first time this season.

“It was a bit hectic,” he admitted. “On the Tuesday I was released by Harrogate so I spoke to my agent and got a call back to say I was training with Halifax on the Thursday.

“It is a great opportunity for me.

“The team tries to play football the right way and I am enjoying it.

“There is nothing better than winning games - that’s why we play football.”