Aspin full of praise after Brighouse test

Manager Neil Aspin was happy with the game at Brighouse
Manager Neil Aspin was happy with the game at Brighouse

Neil Aspin said his side had been given a good workout after they beat Brighouse Town in their first pre-season game.

The Shaymen ran out 4-1 winners at the Dual Seal ground on Saturday, with goals from Ben Futcher, Gareth Seddon, Lee Gregory and Jon Worthington.

Shay chief Aspin said he was pleased that he side were able to get their first touches of the new season.

“It was a very good game,” he said. “Brighouse have certainly improved over the last few years and they’ve given us a good game.

“I think that’s important because you want games that are competitive and I thought it was. They played some good football and they’ve got some good players and I think it was a good opening game.

Aspin made eight changes at half time and one more in the second half, with Town running in three goals in the final twenty five minutes.

“I think as the game goes on and as legs become more tired there’s a bit more space.

“We had a lot of new legs on at half time and they were fresher as the game went on. Once you get a goal it opens the game up and then we took the lead and we finished strong which was pleasing because we’ve only been back a week so it was pleasing for us. I

“It doesn’t matter who you’re playing against, until you get that touch and you get your second wind all the games are difficult until you get into your stride.”

New signings Dan Gardner, Chris Worsley, Gareth Seddon and Jon Worthington all impressed after their second half introduction, but Aspin said it was wrong to judge their performances too soon.

“I think all the players have different qualities. Whether they play well today or on Tuesday, it doesn’t matter because you know they’ve got the quality to do well. I won’t be judging them on these games because they need to get time to play together and to know each others games, but the players we’ve signed are good and some who could play at a higher level.

“They just need the time in the team to show what they can do and I’m looking forward to seeing them develop this year.”

With five trialists on show, Aspin said he was still looking to add one or two more players before the season begins.

When you have trialists you have a variety of situations,” he said. “You’ve got some players who are playing but who have offers from elsewhere and they need to know what’s happening, and you’ve got others who want to stay on a bit longer because they want to prove that they can get into the club and be better than what we’ve got.

“It’s just a waiting game really. Sometimes you’re forced into a decision but I think for players to get in the team they’re going to have to be of a good quality. We’ve got more experienced players this year and we’ve got to be careful about which ones we bring in because we’ve got a fairly full squad and we won’t carry too many extra players.”

“Squad wise we’ve always had 18 so we’ve got room for a couple more to come in.”

Town travel to Mossley on Tuesday night for their second pre-season game.