Aspin is thrilled with tie

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Town boss Neil Aspin could not hide his delight after his side were drawn at home to Charlton Athletic in the first round of the FA Cup.

The Shaymen will entertain the League One leaders over the weekend of November 12 and 13.

And Aspin is clearly relishing the chance to face the Londoners, who won the competition in 1947, on home turf.

“It’s a fantastic tie,” said Aspin. “They are the highest ranked opponents we could have played at this stage so it is the biggest game we could have got.

“Charlton have played in the Premier League so to have them at home will be the biggest day in the history of the new Halifax Town club.”

The Shaymen booked their place in round one with a 1-0 win at Solihull Moors on Saturday with Danny Holland scoring the all-important goal after 74 minutes.

Holland missed a penalty in added time at the end of the game, something Tom Baker had done 10 minute before the break.

And while the performance was not as good as those in the previous two matches against Droylsden and Hyde FC, it was good enough.

“We weren’t half as good as we were at Droylsden and if we’d have played against Hyde like we did on Saturday we wouldn’t have won the match,” said Aspin.

“But you get games where neither team is playing well, and they are very scrappy. Saturday’s was one of those games.

“We were watching and felt whoever scored first would win the game and we had a great chance with the first penalty.

“But even when we missed it, I still thought that although we weren’t playing well we were still making more of the chances.

“I’d have liked to have played better, but it was all about getting through and we were really pleased we did it.”

Holland returned to the bench after a couple of weeks’ absence with his persistent knee problem and he struck, from a fantastic Ryan Toulson cross, 16 minutes after entering the field of play.

“We had more defensive players on the pitch than we needed if we were going to win the game,” said Aspin.

“We put another forward on so we didn’t sit back because I felt we might concede from set pieces.

“I am pleased for Danny because he is frustrated that he is not playing.

“We have to rest his knee, but he came up trumps on Saturday.”

While Aspin was delighted with the win, the game added to his striking worries as Lee Gregory limped out of the action clutching his hamstring after 15 minutes.

“While you are delighted to get through, you have to look at the games coming up and we have problems in the striking department.

“We certainly didn’t need Lee Gregory to come off because it looks like he might miss a few games.

The FA Cup first round saw Bradford Park Avenue handed a trip to AFC Totton while Bradford City will entertain Rochdale and Huddersfield Town will go to Swindon.

Former Town boss Chris Wilder will take his Oxford United side to Sheffield United - the team he has supported since childhood.

Full first round draw: Hereford United v Yeovil Town, Bury v Crawley Town, Luton Town v Northampton Town, Cambridge United v Wrexham, Morecambe v Sheffield Wednesday, Swindon Town v Huddersfield Town, Redbridge v Oxford City, Bristol Rovers v Kidderminster Harriers or Corby Town, Oldham Athletic v Burton Albion, Preston North End v Southend United, Dagenham & Redbridge v Bath City, Hartlepool United v Stevenage, Droylsden or Blyth Spartans v Gateshead, Alfreton Town or Lincoln City v Carlisle United’ Chesterfield v Torquay United’ Crewe Alexandra v Colchester United, Tranmere Rovers v Cheltenham Town, Chelmsford City or Gloucester City v AFC Telford United, Darlington or Hinckley United v Tamworth Exeter City v Walsall, Bradford City v Rochdale, Notts County v Accrington Stanley, Port Vale v Grimsby Town, Sheffield United v Oxford United, Halifax Town v Charlton Athletic, Sutton United or Leatherhead v Kettering Town AFC Bournemouth v Gillingham, MK Dons v Nantwich Town, AFC Totton v Bradford Park Avenue, Newport County v Shrewsbury Town, Leyton Orient v Bromley, East Thurrock United v Macclesfield Town, AFC Wimbledon v Scunthorpe United, Salisbury City v Arlesey Town, Brentford v Basingstoke Town, Maidenhead United v Aldershot Town, Mansfield Town or Fleetwood Town v Wycombe Wanderers, Barrow v Rotherham United, Southport v Barnet, Plymouth Argyle v Stourbridge