Quality counts: Aspin

Actions from the game FC Halifax Town v Kendal Town - football - at the Shay Stadium, Halifax'Pictured is Lee Gregory celebrates first goal

Actions from the game FC Halifax Town v Kendal Town - football - at the Shay Stadium, Halifax'Pictured is Lee Gregory celebrates first goal

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TOWN’S quality shone through at the Shay last night as they moved 13 points clear at the top of the Evo Stik Premier Division.

That was the view of boss Neil Aspin whose side did not have to get out of second gear in a 3-0 victory over Kendal.

“We didn’t play particularly well, but our quality has produced the goals to win us the game,” he said.

“I am obviously pleased with 3-0 and a clean sheet but I look at the game as a whole and we can do better.”

The game was effectively won in a four minute spell just past the half hour mark when Tom Baker fired home from the penalty spot and Lee Gregory headed home a Jamie Vardy cross.

“Kendal had a lot of possession but they didn’t really threaten us,” said Aspin. “Their free kicks were good, but in general play they didn’t open us up.

“We didn’t play at our best but considering that after Sunday with the weather we have had the game could have been called off it was nice to play and get the points.”

Gregory took his tally to nine goals in as many games since returning to the Shay when he bagged his second, and Town’s third, with 19 minutes remaining.

And Aspin has been delighted with the striker’s contribution as the Shaymen step up their title bid.

“It isn’t bad but I told him after the game that he shouldn’t think that he had done well because he can do better,” said Aspin.

“I will settle for the two goals but there is more to come. Certainly his goal return has been very good and we have needed it.”

James Dean was replaced at the break by Danny Holland and Aspin explained his reasons for the switch.

“I spoke to James Dean before the game and told him he had done well but I expect more from him,” said Aspin.

“Saturday wasn’t good enough, the first half last night wasn’t good enough and that’s why he came off.

“But there is no problem, he respects my decision.”

Cardiff manager Dave Jones was left to rue two dropped points after his side were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley.

Jones said: “It was a difficult game.”