PAUL MARSHALL says FC Halifax Town can top the Blue Square North table this season – with Lee Gregory leading the goal chart.
Midfielder Marshall is one of a string of impressive new recruits brought in by boss Neil Aspin since last season’s play-off disappointment.
But the former Manchester City trainee reckons Gregory, already a popular and established figure at The Shay, will make a major contribution during a campaign which starts with Saturday’s trip to Bishop’s Stortford.
The ex-Mansfield man top scored with 32 goals last time around.
And he notched a hat trick as Town beat North Ferriby 3-2 in their final friendly.
“Lee’s a quality finisher who always seems likely to pop up with a goal,” said Marshall, who has signed up after a stint in League II with Port Vale.
“He’s an unselfish player, which is pretty rare, and I think he is real class.”
Halifax’s recruitment policy, which includes former Huddersfield Town pair Matt Glennon and Jon Worthington, and bright pre-season form (seven wins from eight with Blackburn and Bolton among their victims) means they are among the bookies’ favourites for promotion to the Blue Square Premier.
William Hill make them 7/2 for the title, just behind fellow former Football League club Chester (3/1).
“I’m positive we can win the league,” added Marshall, who has also played for Walsall, Rochdale and Droylsden.
“Given our squad, we should be right up there, and for me, it will be disappointing if we don’t.”