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Alfreton: Wasn’t Easy But Crucial

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Tue 25 Mar 2014
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town picked up another three vital points at the Shay, convincingly beating fellow playoff contenders Alfreton Town 2-0.

Of course it had to be star man Lee Gregory, whose brace gave the Shaymen all the goals they needed to see off third-placed Alfreton: “To be honest, in my head I didn’t play that well.

“Every ball just seemed to bounce off me tonight which I weren’t impressed with but I got two goals which I am impressed with so I’ll take that at the end of the day.”

Gregory is now the Skrill Conference Premier’s joint top goal-scorer (with Luton’s Andre Gray) and he talked us through his goals: “The ball just dropped for me in the box and I were waiting for someone to lay it off to and all of a sudden their defender just dropped off and then just gave me a chance to turn which is not the best idea! It took a slight deflection and went into the bottom corner. Big thanks to Marshy (Paul Marshall) for my second, he put it on a plate for me.”

Despite his man of the match performance, Town’s star striker Lee Gregory admits the team behind him were absolutely crucial tonight: “The lads were class, every one of them tonight has been outstanding and we pulled together, we needed to, it was a big game and it will give us confidence to take into Luton.

“Credit to all the lads today, (Simon) Ainge and Robbo (Marc Roberts), it wasn’t easy against the big lad up top, Akinde, he give us a lot of trouble at their ground and they battled well, absolutely brilliant. If it weren’t for them we wouldn’t’ve kept a clean sheet and we wouldn’t have won the game.”

Regardless of Alfreton’s form, Neil Aspin’s men stuck together and the 2-0 victory sees their own form increase even more, which will do their confidence wonders going into the clash against top of the league Luton this weekend: “I’m hoping the Luton game plays out exactly like tonight!

“It’s a massive game, if we win that on Saturday we are massive contenders for the playoffs so fingers crossed. I think we can do it at home especially so hopefully we can.”

It will definitely be a clash of the titans as Gregory and co. not only try to cement their playoff place, but attempt to keep Gray quiet helping Gregory in their race for the golden boot: “I hope we can keep Andre Gray quiet, I hope he doesn’t score any more, but if he keeps scoring, he keeps scoring. He’s a great player and I’ve watched him a few times but I’m just concentrating on my own game and getting us into the playoffs.”

Watch the full interview on Shaymen Player now

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