NEIL Aspin clearly had mixed emotions after watching his side lose 2-1 at Droylsden.
Town outplayed their hosts for long periods and came from a goal down to level through Lee Gregory before a bizarre refereeing decision turned the game firmly in the Bloods’ favour.
Referee Buglass believed Tom Baker had handled as he stooped to head a corner clear inside the area, pointing to the spot without a second’s thought.
And Dan Gardner did the rest as he bagged his second goal of the game.
“I am very annoyed with the decision which was very harsh,” said Aspin.
“And we certainly deserved something out of the game.
“I never contemplated that he would give a penalty. It was a terrible decision and we are suffering because of it.
“Even though we have lost I still feel better than I did after some games earlier in the season when we didn’t play particularly well.
“On Saturday, against good opposition, there were some positive signs and we will take that out of the game.
“I have always said that if players give 100 per cent effort and commitment that is all you can ask. They did that on Saturday.
“They followed the instructions they were given and we should have been in front at half time.
“We saw on Saturday that we are making steps in the right direction.
“I hate losing any game but, as I said, I will take the positives and move on.”
Among the many positives was another impressive display as lone striker from Gregory, who took his goal tally for the season to eight
“He was pacy, was a handful and always looked a threat,” said Aspin.
“He seems to play that position on his own really well. I was pleased with his performance.”
Aspin handed a second Town debut to mid fielder Tyrone Thompson, who was a second half substitute after signing non contract forms with the Shaymen late on Friday.
“He has been at the club before, he has played at a higher level and didn’t have a club,” said Aspin.
“We have given him an opportunity here.”
On the negative side Danny Lowe, who started the game in the centre of defence, failed to reappear for the second half after going over on his ankle and he could be doubtful for tomorrow’s home game with Hyde.