Town feast after famine

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HALIFAX Town boss Neil Aspin admitted he had wondered whether his side would ever score at half time in last night’s game at Nantwich.

But he needn’t have worried as the Shaymen then smacked six without reply to record an emphatic victory in Cheshire.

Lee Gregory led the way with a hat-trick, with Tom Baker and Richard Marshall also on target and a Rod McDonald own goal completing the scoring.

“It did cross my mind that it might be one of those nights,” said Aspin. “And it crossed it again 10 minutes into the second half when we had created and missed more chances.

“But I was pleased with the level of performance throughout.

“We played at a good tempo, had a good shape and never looked sloppy.

“I felt we were on form and passing it quite well but I must admit to a sigh of relief when the first one went in.”

Town had completely dominated the first half without getting the breakthrough and that had surprised the manager.

“As an away side you expect to come under a bit of pressure and at half time I was disappointed we were not in front,” he said.

“I felt they might have a good spell but it never really happened and once we got the first goal we just overpowered them.

“That was pleasing because we have worked on our fitness and that is important.

“When you get all the goals in the second half of a game and finish strongly it vindicates what you have been doing.”

After his double against Kendal seven days earlier, Aspin said there was more to come from Gregory.

And despite the striker taking his tally to 12 in 10 games, he insisted nothing had changed.

“He has scored three but could have scored more,” joked Aspin. “The second goal was fantastic and you cannot knock his scoring record.

“He has to keep it going and I won’t let him rest on his laurels because he is only young.”

l Report - pages 36-37