‘Excellent’ Town delight Aspin

FC Halifax Town v Welling United
FC Halifax Town v Welling United

Town boss Neil Aspin was delighted with his players after they put in one of their best performances of the season to dispatch high-flying Welling United 3-0 on Saturday.

Despite going into the game three points ahead of the Shaymen, the visitors were unable to cope as a rampant Town hit three goals in the first 36 minutes thanks to Lee Gregory’s first Conference Premier hat-trick,

Aspin likened the performance to the 4-0 demolition of Grimsby earlier in the season.

“I’m delighted with the performance,” he said.

“In the first half I thought we were excellent, probably as good as we were at some stages against Grimsby.

“In the second half we’ve done the job well and limited them to very little in terms of chances.

“Coming off the back of a couple of draws I thought it was important to keep the momentum from our good start and the report I had from Welling last week was that they were a really good team, so we gave them a lot of respect.

“They are a good team but in the first half we made them look ordinary.”

“In the first half we got the tempo up, closed well and pressed well and we were first to every ball and had a threat going forward. It was excellent.

“We know if we want to pick up points we have to play at a high tempo and we got a lot more energy into the first half - probably more so than our last three home games where we’ve looked a bit leggy and once paced. But today everything we did was spot on.”

The Town boss also reserved praise for Gregory, whose best goal was a stunning over head kick.

“It’s fantastic for any striker to get a hat-trick, especially because it’s his first at this level. They were all in the six yard box and it’s great for a striker to be getting his goals in there,” said Aspin.

“His second goal had a fantastic build-up and a superb finish which would grace any game. If you are a Halifax fan and were not at the game I would recommend you try and watch it.

“He’s got eight goals and missed a few games too so he’s taken to this level really well despite not always being fully fit.”