Aspin happy to still be in the hat for next round

Neil Aspin.'C Halifax Town v Macclesfield Town.  Skrill Conference Preimier.  19 April 2014.  Picture Bruce Rollinson
Neil Aspin.'C Halifax Town v Macclesfield Town. Skrill Conference Preimier. 19 April 2014. Picture Bruce Rollinson

FC Halifax Town boss Neil Aspin was happy to be in the draw for the first round of the FA Cup but said his side could have gone through after they drew 0-0 at Chorley.

The two sides will meet again in a replay on Tuesday night at the Shay but Town had the better chances in a mostly scrappy game against a Chorley side who had won their last six consecutive home games.

Aspin said: “The most important thing is to be in the draw.

“I didn’t expect it to be a classic. I thought in the first-half we were controlling the game, got into some good positions in behind but our final ball just wasn’t good enough to score.

“I felt we had enough opportunities to get ourselves in-front and then in the second-half the game didn’t hit any heights and it was one of the games where you’re concerned you don’t get caught on the counter-attack and lose.

“If you’d asked me before the tie I’d rather have the game at home and now we’ve got a chance at home and we’ve got to take that opportunity.”

Former Town striker James Dean went close on a couple of occasions to scoring for Chorley, but was kept fairly quiet by a Town defence registering their second ckean sheet in a row.

Aspin said: “We all know what he’s (Dean) like, he’s got a good scoring record. He’s up for the game, he wants to do well and if balls are going in the box he’s a threat.

“There was a good cross into the box that he threw himself at.

“It wouldn’t have been a surprise - if anyone was going to get a goal for them, it would be Deano.

“But we’ve handled him pretty well. Defensively we were sound, I thought our midfield with Lois and Matty, our passing was better, especially first-half.

“We just didn’t have a cutting edge to kill the game off.”

Aspin said it would have been a different match had Town taken one of their chances to open the scoring, but is under no illusions that Chorley will be no pushovers in the replay.

He added: “A goal would have changed the game, it would have opened up space in-behind and they’d have had to have come onto us more.

“But credit to them, they’ve got a good home record, they’ve not lost at home this season.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for Chorley, they’re having a good season and we certainly won’t underestimate them in the replay.”