That was for the fans - Aspin

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Boss Neil Aspin was delighted that his Halifax Town side had turned on the style for the home fans in their final game before Christmas.

Town made it three wins in a row as they swept past Hinckley United 6-1 to move to within a couple of points of the play off places.

And it set up beautifully the Festive double header with fifth-placed Gainsborough Trinity.

“We know we have had our troubles at the Shay this season so it was great for the home fans to see some goals,” said Aspin. “And there were some fantastic goals.

“It was also a good way to go into the two games with Gainsborough and we are certainly in a better position going into the Christmas games than we were after the Altrincham defeat.”

James Walshaw bagged a hat-trick with Jamie Rainford scoring twice and there was barely a tap in goal among them.

“What pleased me on Saturday was the quality of the finishing,” said Aspin. “It was excellent.

“Some of the chances we had were difficult and in the end the finishing was the difference in the game.

“With the forwards we have I know we have enough firepower to do well in the league.”

Lee Gregory came off the bench to complete the scoring late on while James Dean missed out, primarily because he was asked to play wide on the right of the front three.

“Lee Gregory is the top scorer and you are always loathe to leave out your top scorer,” said Aspin.

“It was a toss up before the game but I thought the three lads who played the previous week did enough to start again.

“But they know that if they are not performing, Lee can come on and it was nice that he got a goal.

“The forward line will change because we have players who can play and it is nice to have options.

“James Dean did a really good job, worked really hard and was a key to winning balls in the air. He put in a really good shift.

“When he is playing out there it is not just about goals. If he chips in with one that’s fine, but he worked exceptionally hard for the team.”

Defensively, Town coped reasonably well without suspended duo Liam Hogan and Scott McManus.

“If I am honest, I wasn’t entirely happy because Hinckley had too many chances,” said Aspin. “But Saturday wasn’t a day when we were going to be completely solid defensively.

“Over the remainder of the season we would need to be better. We cannot allow teams to have the chances Hinckley had and not expect to get punished.

“But I do not want to take anything away from a team that, after getting booed off against Altrincham, has responded with three victories.”