Aspin left fuming after Nuneaton grab last-gasp draw

Neil Aspin
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Neil Aspin said his FC Halifax Town side ‘threw away’ a win as they conceded a last-gasp equaliser in their 2-2 draw with Nuneaton.

Ryan Toulson’s stoppage-time strike looked to have sealed victory for the Shaymen, but Wesley York’s second of the game straight from the restart denied them.

The Town boss admitted his side gifted Nuneaton both goals after individual errors from Marc Roberts and Simon Ainge.

He said: “I feel worse after that than any of the games we’ve lost because that was two points thrown away from a winning position.

“We’ve played a lot better but we grafted and worked hard to get the second goal, which should have won the game.

“But it’s horrendous defending. The two goals we’ve given away are two terrible goals.

“They’re both bad mistakes, but obviously the timing of the second goal is what kills you.

“If it’s earlier in the game, we’ve got time to get back in the match but it’s a killer when you’ve got the game won.

“It’s a vital stage of the game and you’ve got to defend properly and make sure you win the tackle.

“The players have let Tully down because he’s waited ages to get a goal, he thinks he’s got the winner.

“It would have been lovely for him to get the winning goal and it’s been snatched from him so it’s extremely disappointing but we all know that football gives you highs and lows and I’m feeling particularly downbeat after that.”

Aspin conceded his side missed the attacking presence of injured duo Lee Gregory and Adam Smith.

He said: “Nuneaton have got a couple of players missing, so have we and I think it did affect us going forward.

“They’re both good players so you will miss them. Adam Smith has been a threat on the right hand side and gives us balance.

“Lee Gregory is able to play up front on his own better than any of the others so we’re going to miss but we had to get through the game and we should have ended up with the three points.

“Regardless of the performance, if you score a goal so late on you expect to win the game.”