Lee glad to be clear of unlucky 13

TOWN’S winning goal against Worcester City on Saturday spelled double delight for Lee Gregory.

Not only did it extend the Shaymen’s winning Blue Square Bet North run to six matches, it took the club’s leading scorer to 14 for the season.

Ordinarily there would be nothing particularly special about that, but for Gregory, who lost his place in the starting line up to loan duo James Walshaw and Jamie Rainford and had not scored since the 6-1 thrashing of Hinckley, it was a huge relief.

“I was happy to get off 13 goals,” he said. “I am superstitious and wasn’t happy.

“I needed to get to 14 and I am glad I have done it now.”

Gregory’s goal came in the third added minute after loan signing Cameron Darkwah had levelled in the 90th minute.

And the final stages belied the disappointing display that had preceded it, with the visitors seemingly on course for victory.

“I have absolutely no idea how we won, but we did,” said Gregory.

“We didn’t play the best but we got the three points which is what we went out for.

“The way we were playing, we were delighted to get back to 1-1.

“I think we created the chances but in the final third of the pitch it wasn’t going our way.

“We said at half time that it was going to be difficult because things were going against us.

“In the end, thankfully, we got the goals that we needed.”

The goals took Town up to third in the table as they continue their bid for a third successive promotion.

And Gregory believes the fact that they won despite playing poorly bodes well for the rest of the season.

“Even when we are not playing at our best, we are still winning,” he said.

“If you can do that you are going to be up there.”

Paul Scholes could still be part of the British Olympic football team at London 2012 despite not being on the original 191-player long-list, it can be disclosed.

The Manchester United midfielder was not among the players written to by the Football Association before Christmas because he had not then come out of retirement and was not registered as a player.

However the 37-year-old could still be considered as a contender for one of three over-age places in Stuart Pearce’s squad - the remainder will be made up of under-23 players.

If Scholes wishes to be considered he would have to contact the FA to make himself available, or Pearce could approach the United player himself.

Fellow thirtysomethings David Beckham and Ryan Giggs are among 184 of 191 players who have indicated they wish to be considered for the Olympics men’s team.

Pearce will not pick any player for the Olympics who has been part of Fabio Capello’s squad for Euro 2012 which means there is a greater chance that Giggs, 38, or 36-year-old Beckham, or indeed Scholes, could feature.

The seven players who ruled themselves out are from across the home nations, including at least one Englishman.