Aspin delighted with Gregory response

Lee Gregory impressed Neil Aspin with his second half display
Lee Gregory impressed Neil Aspin with his second half display

Town boss Neil Aspin said he was pleased with the way Lee Gregory reacted to being left out of the side at Hinckley.

Gregory was in stunning pre-season form, bagging nine goals in just seven appearances, including a hat-trick at North Ferriby in the final game.

But, despite starting every game until Hinckley, the striker had only scored once since the season started - the fifth in the 5-1 win against Workington.

Gregory was then dropped for the trip to Leicester - although he impressed Aspin with his second half performance which saw him net his second of the season.

“Lee Gregory hasn’t played as well as he can,” said Aspin.

“He’s capable of scoring goals and I gave him a fair chance.

“I felt at Hinckley he needed to know that he’s not guaranteed a place. But he responded in the right way - he came on in the second half and looked a threat.”

Despite getting one, Gregory could have had a hat-trick after twice being denied by the Hinckley keeper when put through one on one.

“Players have always missed chances and they’re not going to get a telling off me,” said Aspin.

“But they’ve got to put in the necessary work rate and I thought Lee was a threat in the second half and helped us to win the game.”

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