Striker Gregory could need op

Town have suffered their first major pre-season setback with news that Lee Gregory may need a knee operation.

The striker watched Saturday’s impressive 1-0 win over League One outfit Scunthorpe United from the bench.

And manager Neil Aspin revealed after the final whistle that the former Mansfield frontman could have to go under the knife.

“His knee locked in training on Thursday,” said Aspin. “It looks like he might possibly need a cartilage operation.

“It is unfortunate because I felt he had started the previous two pre season games very well.

“If it is a problem that needs surgery we can get it sorted out now which means, the way operations are now, he may only miss the start of the season.”

The good news for Aspin is that Danny Holland returned to the Town side against Scunthorpe and James Dean could be ready to return when the Shaymen entertain Mansfield next weekend.

“On the bright side James Dean should be in a position to play some part next Saturday and I thought Danny Holland did well against Scunthorpe,” said Aspin.

“We all know he likes a laugh and a joke, but it is testament to him that he has kept himself fit over the summer and is in good shape.”

Town have been drawn away to Barnoldswick in the first round of the West Riding County FA Cup.

And if they are successful, they will entertain either Brighouse Town or Pontefract Collieries in round two.

The first round is due to be played in the week ending November 5 with round two in the week ending December 3.

First round draw: Albion Sports v Selby Town, Yorkshire Amateur v Liversedge, Garforth Town v Silsden, Ossett Town v Farsley, Goole v Eccleshill, Barnoldswick Town v Halifax Town, Brighouse Town v Pontefract Collieries, Thackley v Armthorpe Welfare, Guiseley v Tadcaster Albion

FC Halifax Town’s Community Group have been given a grant by Calderdale Community Group and the Halifax Courier to enable local groups to showcase their talents pre-match and at half time at home games this season.

The group is able to give a donation to individuals or groups who take part in the initiative and are looking for a variety of entertainment, anything from a band, a singer or a marching band to cheerleaders or gymnastic displays.

Anyone who feels they might be able to provide entertainment should contact Pam Burton at community@halifaxafc.co.uk or by calling Halifax 346755