Aspin happy as Town pass Barnsley test

Neil Aspin

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Neil Aspin says his FC Halifax Town side passed their test against Barnsley with flying colours after their 3-0 win at the Shay.

Town made light work of their higher-league opponents with a polished performance, capped by a brace from Lee Gregory and one from substitute Dan Gardner.

The Shay chief says the quality of the opposition meant it was a tough challenge for his squad, but was happy with the way they handled it.

He said: “I was very pleased - it was a really good test for us against a strong Barnsley team.

“It’s not like a lot of games against league clubs where they don’t have a lot of players who’ve played in the first-team, but they had about seven so it was a good standard.

“They way they started and passed the ball and made it physically and mentally tough, so I’m pleased the way the players responded.

“We had to get more players in the box than we did at Altrincham and we had more of a threat tonight.

“When the ball went wide we had more players getting into the box and the shape of the team was better so there are a lot of positives.”

The Town boss, who said he has yet to decide on a starting line-up for the opening game of the season at Cambridge, confirmed there are no injury concerns among his squad, and that winger Adam Smith was taken off at half-time as a precaution.

He added: “Adam Smith’s quad was a bit tight so there’s no point making him play more than 45 minutes at this stage so we took him off and he should be alright to train on Thursday.”