Aspin demands home improvement despite win

Neil Aspin said he needed to make changes at half time to improve Town's performance
Neil Aspin said he needed to make changes at half time to improve Town's performance

Town boss Neil Aspin said his side must pass the ball better if they’re going to put together a string of positive results.

Town were far from their fluent best for most of the 4-1 win at home to Droylsden on Saturday - a game which was goalless until Alex Titchiner opened the scoring on the hour.

The game then saw four more goals, including Titchiner completing a hat-trick - but Aspin admitted it had been a tough game.

“In the first half they passed the ball very well and we needed to make the change at half time so we could get a grip of the game,” said Aspin of his decision to introduce leading scorer Dale Johnson for new signing, 20-year-old Alex Johnson.

“In the end it was a good win for us but it took a while for everything to click in to gear. We didn’t really test the keeper and we had a couple of shots wide and a goal that was ruled out for offside. Neither keeper was tested and there were very few goal mouth incidents and we needed to change that.”

“We know how important getting that first goal at home is because it settles everybody down and opens the game up and creates space which we were able to exploit. But nobody is going to give us a goal early and our passing has to be better if we’re going to do that.

Despite lying in 23rd position, the Bloods, led by captain and former Shay favourite Lewis Killeen, kept the ball well at times and on occasions had Town penned in their own half.

“I wouldn’t look at Droylsden’s position in the league at the moment,” said Aspin.

“They’ve had a lot of changes in personnel and they’ve had a difficult start but certainly the team that they were able to put out today is equipped enough to win games at this level and I expect them to improve from the position they’re in.”

He added that Town’s third goal, which came sixty seconds after James Ellison had reduced the deficit to 2-1, had been vital.

“Any game when you have a two goal lead and you concede it really makes you nervous,” he said.

“But Dale’s goal settled everything down and what a fantastic goal.

“We’ve got some talented players at the club and they’re all capable of producing good football. We’ve got a lot of lads who can score goals.

“It’s just getting them into a formation that suits, and also they need to be consistent.

“I’m looking for players to show that they can produce the goods every game because we’ve got to get on a run of winning games. It’s a strong league and if you don’t play well then you won’t win games and we need the level of performance high. If we do that then we’re more than a match for anyone.”