Big Gregg can Dent Halifax! Boston United look to Smith to boss aerial battles

Gregg Smith.
Gregg Smith.

Dennis Greene will give Gregg Smith the job of shackling FC Halifax Town’s man-mountain Tom Denton.

The former North Ferriby forward wreaked havoc in Boston United’s defence during last season’s play-off semi-final second leg, winning a penalty and scoring as the Villagers turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 aggregate victory.

But Greene believes that uncompromising striker Smith is just the man to keep the 6ft 6ins forward quiet from dead ball situations on Saturday (KO 3pm).

“Certainly from set pieces, we’ve got Gregg and he does a great job of winning the ball in there,” the manager said.

“He’ll probably be the one we use to mark Denton.”

The Halifax forward arrived off the bench during Saturday’s FA Cup victory at Harrogate Town, but has been a regular starter in previous matches.

However, the Pilgrims boss knows that Billy Heath’s side have more in their arsenal than just one forward, and isn’t worried about his young defenders Joe Maguire and Joe Robinson being put to the test.

He added: “Sometimes in open play it’s not the worst thing to let Tom Denton head it, you’ve just got to make sure nobody gets the second ball.

“If you’re trying to win it in the air against someone like that it’s impossible.

“You’ve just got to drop off, pick up the second ball and take care of the runners.”

Boston, unbeaten in their past six National League North fixtures, sit sixth in the division’s form guide.

The Shaymen, who have won their last five contests in all competitions, are in fourth spot.