Aspin says Boston win is among season’s best

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Neil Aspin said FC Halifax Town’s 2-1 win at Boston on Saturday was one of his team’s best victories of the season.

Town capped another exhausting week with a hard-fought win in Lincolnshire thanks to goals from Chris Worsley and Alex Titchiner either side of a Marc Newsham penalty.

The Town boss said his players put their fatigue to one side to extend their unbeaten away league run to nine games, a new club record.

He said: “After the week we’ve had, you could tell in the second-half of Thursday night’s game that we were looking a bit tired, but you wouldn’t have been able to tell which team had played two games in midweek.

“I thought our players looked strong, they did their job and I’m really pleased with everyone from the goalkeeper to the subs who came on, they’ve all done a job which contributed to the result.

“The pitch was bobbly, it was windy so it wasn’t great for passing and we had tiredness coming into the game, so taking all that into consideration it’s as good a win as we’ve had this season.”

Titchiner’s goal was the perfect leaving present from the striker before going back to Fleetwood after his second loan spell with Town came to an end by reaching the three-month limit.

Aspin said Titchiner took a while to recapture the form he showed during his first loan spell with the club, but was delighted the forward caped his last game with a goal.

He said: “He’s had an in-and-out season at Fleetwood but when he came to us the first time he showed his qualities. The second time his confidence was affected because he got into Fleetwood’s first team, then he’d been left out, and it does have an effect on you.

“So it’s taken him a bit of time while he’s been here in his second spell but he’s a great lad and we knew that if we kept playing he would score goals, but of all the goals he’s got, that was the most crucial. He took it really well.

“He doesn’t want to be going back but he’s left us with a good feeling and it’s good he goes back signing off on a good note.”

Town now have a seven-point cushion between themselves and sixth place, and are eight points off third-placed Brackley with three games in hand.

The Town chief said he doesn’t have a magic number of points in mind for a play-off spot, but said just finishing in the top five after the season his side have experienced will be an achievement in itself.

He added: “I don’t set a target of points but we’ll be more than comfortable with two points a game and the last two games have put us not far off that total and we just need to keep picking up points.

“When you think of the disruption we’ve had and the number of games we’ve had to play back-to-back, it’ll be a fantastic achievement to get in the play-offs, but the last two games have both been battles and we’ve got six battles left before the end of the season.”