Halifax Town: Dean aiming for 30 goals

JAMES Dean is closing in on 20 goals for the season but his big target is 30 and he believes he can achieve it.

The big striker bagged a first-half double against Ossett on Tuesday, goals that boss Neil Aspin described as crucial with the Shaymen starting so sluggishly.

They took his tally for the campaign to 17 and helped Town go on to win 8-1 and restore their nine point cushion at the top of the table.

"30 is my target for the season and anything more than that is a bonus," he said.

"But I would like to get to 20 in the next three games.

"I am capable of doing it, there is no doubt about that, as long as I am fit."

Dean's goalscoring record is even more remarkable given that he was injured at the start of the season and has been struggling on and off with the problem for much of the campaign.

It was probably the reason why he only got two in midweek as he was taken off after the break in a bid to give him the best chance of facing Frickley at the Shay on Saturday.

"I wanted to stay on but I am struggling a little bit with my knee," he said.

"At half time the Gaffer said that with a big game coming up on Saturday and I might as well rest it.

"I trained last Thursday but on Saturday I was with the physio trying to calm it down.

"On Sunday and Monday it felt all right and it was okay in the warm up but 30 minutes into the game it started causing problems with my turning and running.

"This is my worst ever season for injuries and it's really annoying. Whenever I am on the pitch I want to be giving 100 per cent and my body is not letting me do it which is frustrating."

Dean's fellow starters Lee Gregory and Jamie Vardy also bagged a couple of goals each against Ossett with substitute Richard Marshall also getting in on the act.

And the strikers' union is going strong at the Shay as they spur each other on.

"There are four of five of us and there are goals in us every game," said Dean. "We work hard, keep encouraging each other and supporting each other."

TOWN fans wishing to travel to North Ferriby United on the official supporters bus a week on Saturday can book now by calling the travel line on 07707 143094. The cost will be 10 and transport leaves the Shay at 1pm.

There will also be a shuttle bus service for the forthcoming sportsman's dinner at the Cedar Court, picking up at the Three Pigeons at 6.30 and the Belgrave SC at 6.45 which will cost 5.