Aspin delighted with free-scoring Shaymen

Halifax Town v Telford.
Halifax Town v Telford.

Neil Aspin said FC Halifax Town’s 5-0 win over Telford rounded off a good week for his side as they moved up to third in the Conference Premier.

Debutant Danny Hattersley scored twice, with Scott Boden, Paul Marshall and Adam Smith also finding the net ans Town maintained their unbeaten home start to the season.

Aspin said: “To win by five goals at any level is impressive, but especially in this league.

“The victory today makes it a good week. I wasn’t too disappointed with the draw against Grimsby in midweek, I thought that was a good point.

“But it’s only a good point if you then follow it up with three points in your next game and that’s what we’ve done.

“I’m delighted to get the goals. We haven’t scored many in the last few games.

“We changed the formation a bit today and it’s been a good response from the players.”

Aspin said scoring the first goal was vital and thought there was only one winner after that.

He said: “I was pleased with the display. We only really gave them one sniff at goal and that was in the first 30 seconds which could have been a disastrous start.

“Like I’ve said so many times, that first goal is crucial and fortunately today we got over that hurdle and after that there was only one team in it.

“Our form has been so-so and it was a big game today, we needed to get a result.

“Getting the goals gives everybody a lot of confidence and gets us back on the right track.”

Hattersley’s debut came only 24 hours after joining Town in a swap with Ross Dyer, a deal Aspin explained came about through his friendship with Southport boss Martin Foyle.

He said: “I know Martin Foyle, who’s manager at Southport.

“After the game against Southport I thought Danny had played quite well and it came about because he wasn’t playing for Southport and I know Martin had Ross on loan last year and rates him.

“So we felt it might do both players good if they had a change of clubs for a month.

“Ross needs to play games, he wasn’t starting for us and Danny has been on the bench for Southport so I think it suits all parties.”

The Town boss praised his side’s last two goals, both of which featured some superb build-up play as Town cruised to their biggest win of the season so far in style.

“I was really pleased with them both but I thought the fifth goal was excellent,” he said.

“If you’re going to win at home and you round it off with a fifth goal at the end, it sends everybody home happy.

“I thought it was excellent football. We can put balls into the box, we can put throw-ins into the box but we can play as well and we showed that today.”

Aspin was linked to the manager’s job at former club Port Vale last week after Micky Adams’ departure, but said his only focus is on his job at the Shay.

“It’s been a difficult week because I keep getting linked with jobs and it does unsettle you because there’s always somebody ringing me up and asking what’s happening.

“But I enjoy my job here. I’ve said all along I was focused on this game, which I have been, trying to get the three points, which we’ve done, and I’ll continue to do that.

“Anything to do with other clubs and speculation is completely out of my hands, it’s not for me to decide.

“The reason I’m getting linked with jobs is because the players are doing well on the pitch, that’s the only reason.

“I want to make sure they keep doing that. That’s what my aim is and that’s what my focus is.”