Town boss delighted as Salisbury are put to the sword

Neil Aspin
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Neil Aspin praised his FC Halifax Town’s ‘exceptionally good’ home form after they thrashed Salisbury 5-1 at the Shay.

Town recorded their first win of 2014 thanks to Lee Gregory’s hat-trick and a goal apiece from Lois Maynard and Josh Wilson.

The win took Town’s tally on their own patch to 46 goals from just 17 league games, and was the fifth time they have scored four or more in a home game this term.

Aspin was delighted with the victory, but was far from pleased at some his team’s defending.

He said: “Our level of performance at home has been exceptionally good this season.

“It’s been a fantastic effort by the players at home, especially the number of goals they’ve scored.

“Even though we’ve scored five goals and won 5-1, of course I’m delighted because I’m well aware we hadn’t won yet this year until tonight and we needed a win just to settle things down.

“So I’m really pleased with the result but I felt we were sloppy, defensively we still need to be better and I think we gave them too many chances, they had too many efforts at goal and at times, even though we won 5-1, we got away with poor defending.”

The Shay boss admitted he was left deeply unhappy after Saturday’s loss at Lincoln but was happy with how his side responded to that defeat.

He said: “I was very down about the defeat at Lincoln. I felt that was a chance to go there and get something.

“I’m not saying I expected to win at Lincoln but I expected a better performance and the game was over in some respects before it had started.

“I left the game very disappointed but tonight, against a team that’s having a really good season, it was going to be a really tough game for us.

“We were under a bit of pressure and we needed to get a result so it’s a great response from Saturday.”

Gregory took his personal tally for the season to 22 and became the leading scorer in the Conference with 20 league goals after another productive evening.

The Town striker has now scored nine goals in his last eight outings at the Shay, but Aspin felt Gregory wasn’t quite on top form despite grabbing a hat-trick.

He said: “He’s had loads of praise but I didn’t think he played as well as he can do tonight.

“It wasn’t one of his best games but everybody will look at the scorers and when you’re a goalscorer, that’s what matters.

“He’s got the ball over the line three times so you can’t really criticise him but we all know, because of the standards he’s set, he has played better but I’ll take the three goals and so will he.

“There is a lot of luck involved, on another day (the penalty) doesn’t go in, the keeper saves it.

“This time the spin’s took it and when things are going for you, which they are doing for Lee, then it goes in the net.”