Town aim for play-off boost against table-toppers

Lee Gregory celebrates scoring the first of his two goals, as Halifax Town won 2-0 over Alfreton at The Shay
Lee Gregory celebrates scoring the first of his two goals, as Halifax Town won 2-0 over Alfreton at The Shay
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FC Halifax Town could hand their play-off hopes a huge boost with a win over runaway leaders Luton at the Shay tomorrow (3pm kick-off).

The Hatters are 14 points clear in the Skrill Premier after winning eight of their last 11 games, scoring 31 goals.

But Town go into the match in good form themselves having won five of their last six games.

There are no new injury worries ahead of the clash and Neil Aspin is expected to name the same side for the fifth game running, despite the arrival of striker Scott Spencer on loan from Hyde.

The former Everton youngster joined Halifax on loan this week until April 26, and is expected to provide back-up to top-scorer Lee Gregory.

The two hottest properties outside the Football League go head-to-head in the game, with Lee Gregory and Andre Gray both bagging 26 league goals this campaign - a total only bettered by Luis Suarez in the top five divisions of English football.

Gray, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal, is going through a relative drought of one goal in his last five appearances by his high standards.

Gregory, meanwhile, has six goals in his last five matches and has scored 60 per cent of all Town’s goal since the turn of the year.

Gregory has also scored in nine of his last 10 outings at the Shay, notching 16 in total in those matches, while Gray has only scored three times in his last seven away games.

Gray was on target for Luton in October when they beat Halifax 4-3 at Kenilworth Road and is set to make his 100th appearance for the Hatters tomorrow, for who he has scored 51 goals.

The 22-year-old started his career at Shrewsbury but caught Luton’s attention after a prolific spell at Hinckley before joining the Hatters for a bargain fee of £30,000 in 2012.

One goal for Gregory tomorrow will see him equal James Dean’s record as top scorer for the reformed Halifax Town, which was set in 2009-10.

But Gregory needs seven more league goals to equal Albert Valentine’s old club record total of 33, which was set in 1934-35.

Town could rise as high as fourth with a win, but could drop down to 11th if they lose and other results go against them.

Luton won 4-2 on their last visit to the Shay in 2001 with a side featuring West Ham’s Matt Taylor.

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