Curzon Ashton v FC Halifax Town: Loan star Daniel makes his mark

PLENTY of players have arrived at the Shay on loan in recent years and made a massive impact.

Stuart Parnaby looked a class above when he joined from Middlesbrough, Michael Proctor could not stop scoring and Darren Mansaram did so well that Chris Wilder paid money for him.

Colin Daniel added his name to that list with his hat-trick last weekend against Clitheroe, providing the end product that allowed the Shaymen to take apart a side unbeaten since the opening day in the league.

And the youngster, on loan from Crewe, is predicting that there will not be too many more defeats for the fans to endure between now and next April.

"We have won five of the last six league games," he said. "I think the team can push on now and they should stay unbeaten until the end of the season.

"There is a lot of belief in the changing room now."

Daniel scored on his Town debut - the FA Trophy defeat at Harrogate Railway - and again in the reverse at the hands of Curzon Ashton.

But his treble against Clitheroe put him on track for a productive haul on loan, something his paymasters had been hoping for.

"I was told to come to Halifax and score some goals," he said. "I had been struggling with two in my first five games, but now it is five in six."

Saturday's hat-trick was not Daniel's first at senior level - he bagged one on loan at Leek last season.

But it was out of the top drawer as he produced a trio of impressive finishes.

"The first goal was a good finish, but I think Junior might have been aiming for Danny Meadowcroft at the back post with the free kick," he said. "I expected the centre half to come across before I scored the second but he didn't and I just finished it.

"The hat-trick was good and it was great to get three points but I could have had more."