GARY Jones faces his former club Hartlepool United at the Shay on Saturday in the best goalscoring form of his short Halifax career.
GARY Jones faces his former club Hartlepool United at the Shay on Saturday in the best goalscoring form of his short Halifax career.Three goals in the last six matches, including the winner at second division Wrexham, have gone some way to silencing the critics who felt he could be contributing more to the Town cause.
And, like the rest of his Shay teammates, the 31-year-old frontman s confidence is rising as the performances improve.
"The keeper helped me out at Wrexham because he dived over the ball," admitted Jones. "But they all count and it is another win that breeds confidence.
"We played well against Chesterfield and Brighton and that carried on against Wrexham. I thought we thoroughly deserved the victory."
With just one League defeat in five and last weekend s tremendous result in north Wales under their belts, Town will be looking to make further progress against Pool.
Jones scored in the corresponding fixture last season - as a Hartlepool player.
That game finished 1-1, but that scoreline would represent a disappointment for Town at the weekend.
Jones and strike partner Steve Kerrigan will be key to any success Town achieve at the weekend. And both are working even harder in the Halifax cause after a minor adjustment to the team s tactics under manager Paul Bracewell.
"It is very hard as a striker to play in the system we have adopted," said Jones.
"We have just started to play with one striker going short for the ball and the other spinning in behind.
"If you have to spin behind a couple of times in a row it can be very hard work."
The changes have certainly had an effect with Jones in a richer vein of scoring form and Kerrigan up to eight for the season.
"There were times in the past when the ball was being played into our feet and there was much more pressure on us," said Jones.
"Now if it goes in behind there is not so much pressure because the defender has to turn as well. They tend to knock it out and we can push up."
STUART Parnaby has been named Division Three player of the month by Match Magazine.
The England under 18 international, on loan at the Shay from Middlesbrough, averaged eight out of 10 in three matches in November.
Town, who have improved immeasurably over the past month, have two other players in the November top 10.
Striker Steve Kerrigan was joint second, despite also averaging eight out of 10, with winger Neil Wainwright joint ninth.