Aspin pleased with a good night’s work

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Neil Aspin said his side got the job done as they extended their unbeaten league run to seven games with a 3-1 win at Vauxhall Motors.

Goals from Scott McManus, Dan Gardner and Lee Gregory meant Tom Rutter’s late was nothing more than a consolation at Rivacre Park.

The Town boss was pleased to see another good evening’s work on the night shift from his players but admitted the performance could have been better.

He said: “There were times when we showed our quality but I feel we could have played better. I thought we started the game really well but after taking the lead we got very sloppy.

“I think we thought it was going to be easy and took our foot off the pedal.

“But I can’t criticise the players because it’s another long trip for them after work. I said to them that we had to get the three points and they’ve got the job done.”

A rare goal from McManus opened the scoring after only five minutes - only the second goal a defender has scored for The Shaymen this season.

Aspin said McManus’ goal preceded an impressive display by the left-back.

“I did say before the game that if we got any corners we might as well take them short because we must have had a few hundred corners but we’re never going to score with a header from one!

“But it’s nice to see Scott get on the scoresheet, I thought he had an excellent game. He was driving forward all game and I think he’s at his best when he does that and he showed great desire to get on the end of the cross for the goal.”

Town were without midfielder Paul Marshall after his move to Stockport County, but Aspin said supporters at The Shay may not have seen the last of him.

He added: “I had no argument with Paul - he was on a non-contract with us and Stockport put in seven days’ notice which meant they were free to talk to him.

“They made him a very good offer, it’s on his doorstep and it’s full-time so everything stacked up for Paul to go there. But I wouldn’t rule out that we could have him back in the future because we parted on good terms.

“But I had to be fair to the player, it’s an opportunity for him and gives him a chance to step up. I wish him all the best but if things don’t work out, the door is always open or him to come back.”