Town’s fringe players got some valuable game time as the Shaymen won 2-1 at Barnoldswick in the County Cup last night.
Second half goals from Scott Hogan and James Dean were enough to send the Neil Aspin’s side, which also included the likes of Anton Foster, David Haggerty and Gregg Anderson, through to round two.
And the manager, who had challenged his players to force their way into the squad for the FA Cup tie with Charlton, declared himself happy with the result - and the run out.
“All season you are asking players to put in a performance because there is competition for places,” he said.
“It is difficult when you have not played a lot of games to come up with an outstanding performance.
“The lack of match practice makes it difficult for them all.
“But it has been a good exercise and it is much better to have a game than train and there were some players who needed a full 90 minutes.
“Some were a bit rusty, but they kept going and we have got a result.
“People know my thoughts on the West Riding Cup but I would rather win than not and it gives us another tie which is another chance for people to play.”
The game was still goalless when the lights went out inside the ground and play had to be halted for 10 minutes.
Town went two up after power had been restored but they were forced to hang on a little bit late on after Barnoldswick pulled a goal back.
“It would have been a bit of a disaster if we’d had to come back next week,” said Aspin. “But they managed to get the lights back on and the game finished.
“If you are going to win easily you don’t get the benefit from it.
“Barnoldswick are having a good season and their players put in a lot of effort and pushed us right to the end.
“It was competitive and that is what we wanted.
“There are positions where we have players with experience, who have played at a higher level and we need them to step up and push on if they are to get in the team.”
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