TOWN boss Neil Aspin praised his players’ attitude as they swept past relegation-threatened Whitby at the Turnbull Ground last night.
The Shaymen could have been forgiven for taking it easy four days after clinching the Evo Stik Premier Division title following their victory over Retford.
But nothing could have been further from the truth on the east coast as they put five past their hosts for the second time this season.
“I thought last night’s game would have been tricky and we had to make a couple of changes because Simon Garner was unable to travel and Jamie Vardy was struggling with the injury he picked up at the weekend,” said Aspin.
“It is credit to the players that they have gone out and done the job I asked them to - and in some style too.
“It was a long journey and we had already won the championship so if there was ever a night when you could say they might not be at the races that was it.”
There was little to choose between the sides in the opening quarter, but three goals before half time swung the game Town’s way.
“After the first 25 minutes you would have to say Whitby had the territorial advantage,” said Aspin.
“But we were very clinical when the chances came along.
“In other games this season we have had more opportunities and not taken them.
“The finishing last night was excellent.”
The Shaymen’s second goal, scored by Danny Holland, was their 100th in the league this season - an incredible feat that Town have now achieved for the second successive campaign.
“I didn’t make any predictions at the start of the season, but I did feel we would score goals,” said Aspin.
“Over the second half of the season we have increased our ratio.
“We want to go forward and we want to win games.
“To get 100 goals is good for the spectators too because they want to see their side score goals and there have been very few games in the last two years when we haven’t scored in the league.”
Halifax Town Supporters Club and AFC Halifax hold a joint Race Night tomorrow evening at the Volunteer Arms, Copley, 8pm. All are welcome to attend.