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Penalty hero Lee Gregory was full of praise for his team mates after the Shaymen moved within 90 minutes of a trip to Wembley with a 1-0 victory over Cambridge.
Town’s hitman bagged his 32nd goal in all competitions when he calmly slotted past Cambridge keeper Adam Smith with seven minutes remaining.
His goal gives the Shaymen a slight advantage heading into the second leg on Sunday, and Gregory was pleased with the performance his side put on show.
“The lads were class again. It was a physical game and quite demanding. At home The Shay is a fortress, we’ve stuck by that all year. The defence was class again and credit to them again because in the end we’ve come out on top.
“I practice penalties in training every session so I knew where I was going to stick it and thankfully the keeper went the other way.”
All eyes now turn to the second-leg at Abbey Road as the Shaymen look to move one step closer to promotion into the Football League. Gregory revealed that the Shaymen have to go into the game with a clear mindset if they are to be successful.
“It’s a different game down there and we’ve got to take it as a new game. We’ve got to forget about tonight and focus on Sunday. I think they’ll (Cambridge) change it around on Sunday and come at us. But confidence in the changing room is very high, we’ve got a few days rest now to get ourselves ready for the game and go again.”
Gregory also heaped praise on the FC Halifax Town fans that turned out in force to support their side to victory and is hopeful a large following will travel down the A1 to support them on Sunday.
“The fans were class and it’s so much better when we have an atmosphere like that. When we came out for the second half the fans were class and it really does drive us forward.”