FC Halifax Town kept their impressive home record on their return to the Conference Premier going with an emphatic 4-0 home win over former Football League colleagues Grimsby Town.
Manager Neil Aspin was looking for a positive reaction after the weekend’s 2-1 defeat at Forest Green and his side moved back towards the play-off slots after a stunning first half display.
The Shaymen made the best of starts as teenage striker Marcus Carver, on loan from League II outfit Accrington Stanley, scored with a header from an Adam Smith cross.
And Dan Gardner then showed his ability in front of goal as he put the Shaymen two up with a neat right-footed finish on 26 minutes and then added Town’s third five minutes later.
After the third goal the Mariners made a double substitution as they tried to ensure that the game would not run away from them, but the home side were still three goals to the good at the interval.
It took less than two minutes of the second half for the Shaymen to add to their tally when Smith tucked away the fourth – though he paid the price of leaving the field to celebrate by being given a yellow card.
And the Shaymen will look to build on their great home form and push into the Conference’s top five when they take on Hereford United at The Shay on Saturday.
Halifax Town have confirmed that striker Alex Johnson has joined their West Yorkshire neighbours Skrill Conference North side Guiseley on loan for the next month.