Halifax Town Saturday Spotlight: It's a dream start for new boy Gregory

LEE Gregory made a major impact last season when he joined Town on loan from Mansfield and bagged six goals in nine starts as the Shaymen stormed to the One North title.

He was a summer target for boss Neil Aspin who was unable to prise him away from Field Mill until December when he joined Town in a permanent move.

The question was whether he would be able to reproduce the same kind of form. The answer has been an emphatic yes.

He scored on his debut against FC United of Manchester and has now got five goals in five games after the midweek double against Ossett.

"I am loving it," he said. "A striker's success is based on goals and I have five in five.

"Hopefully I can keep that up as the season goes on and match appearances with goals.

"We get that many chances that someone has to score and I will be more than happy if it is me."

Gregory only just missed out on a midweek hat-trick with a couple of close calls, but he was happy with his two.

"I could have had more on Tuesday but I suppose that is a bit down to luck as well," he said.

"I was getting a bit tired in the second half so I can't complain with two."

With Jamie Vardy, James Dean and Richard Marshall, who started the game on the bench, also scoring against Ossett the competition for places in attack is clear to see.

"If you don't score you could find yourself on the bench," said Gregory.

"I just want to keep scoring, keep playing well and if I do that I can carry on playing."

Despite going on to score eight goals, Town looked lethargic in the opening 20 minutes of Tuesday's game and after opening the scoring found themselves pegged back by their West Yorkshire rivals.

But good sides can always find another gear when they are in trouble and that is exactly what happened as the Shaymen restored their nine point lead at the top of the Evo Stik Premier Division table.

"We came out slowly and we were a bit shocked by Ossett," said Gregory.

"I don't think we thought they were going to be as good as they were and we had to up our game.

"No one knew it would end 8-1, but once we got the first couple of goals we got hold of the game and Ossett never looked like getting back."