Aspin pleased despite Cup exit

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Boss Neil Aspin admitted he feared his makeshift side would be up against it when he saw the Guiseley teamsheet at Nethermoor last night.

In the end he was pleased with the Shaymen’s display as they went out of the West Riding County Cup 1-0 to a near full-strength home team.

Just three of the Halifax side at kick off have been regular starters in recent weeks while Guiseley included the likes of Simon Ainge, Danny Forrest, Joe O’Neill and James Walshaw from the start.

“The only bad thing that could have happened was to have got a really good hiding,” said Aspin.

“It would have served no purpose had we been thrashed - as a club you don’t want that to happen.

“When I looked at the strength of their team I felt we would be under the cosh but it didn’t work out that way and I am really pleased with the team that played.

“It was important that we did ourselves justice.”

Aspin was able to give several players who have not been regulars in recent weeks a good run out ahead of a tough sequence of league games.

“It was definitely a worthwhile exercise,” he said. “We were able to give players like Jason St Juste, Cameron Darkwah and Phil Senior a full game and Tom Baker got some time on the pitch.

“It wasn’t a game in which to judge players, it was more about them getting out there and playing.”

Brett Renshaw also played the full 90 minutes - his first since negotiating his release from Hyde last year.

His next task is to try to prove he is worth a place in the squad for league matches.

“Brett Renshaw has worked hard to get into a position where he can play,” said Aspin. “Now he needs to play games.

“The hard thing for him will be to get a place in the league team, but he proved last night he can play 90 minutes.”

Town can now focus solely on the league while Guiseley have the County Cup and the FA Trophy in addition to their battle with the Shaymen for promotion from Blue Square Bet North.

“It would be wrong to say you want to lose games because you never do,” said Aspin.

“But it was a good workout and it is better that we have lost the game because you don’t want extra fixtures going into the end of season run in.”

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Ibrox boss Ally McCoist made a move for the Canaries captain, with top goalscorer Nikica Jelavic set to complete his switch to Everton.