Diabolical defending: Boss Aspin less than impressed with Halifax Town’s defeat to Corby

Sliding in: James Dean shows his commitment to the cause
Sliding in: James Dean shows his commitment to the cause
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TOWN boss Neil Aspin blamed poor defending for his side’s 3-1 opening day defeat at the hands of Corby on Saturday.

The Shaymen’s hopes of beginning life in Blue Square Bet North with a home win were dashed as the visitors scored twice in the last 10 minutes.

And that was after Town had showed great character to recover from the shock of going behind to a Liam Hogan own goal, levelling within a minute through Danny Holland.

“If we had been playing two leagues below the Conference and defended like that we would have been punished,” he said. “They were diabolical goals.

“If someone scores an own goal you hold your hands up and get on with it.

“We got a reprieve by scoring straight after but you cannot legislate for defending like we saw for their last two goals.

“If you defend like that and give goals away you only have yourself to blame.

“When you play three centre backs you are a bit protected but sometimes you have to go to four at the back and push on.

“We were comfortable in a three but a bit exposed in a four and Corby exploited that.

“You want to get off to a winning start and in the first half I thought we were comfortable.

“We were very poor in the second half, especially in the last 30 minutes, and in the end deserved to lose.

“We’d had two or three chances when we should have taken the lead and Corby hadn’t had a shot and I could not see what happened coming.”

Town get the chance to put things right at Blyth Spartans tomorrow and Saturday’s defeat is certain to be a motivating factor.

“It is only a lesson if they learn from it,” added Aspin.

“And we have to learn from it because we have to step up.

“I expected us to get stronger when we equalised but it went the other way, especially when they introduced pace.

“The level of opposition is going to be stronger and we are going to have to raise our game to compete.

“Certainly I would expect us to be better than that.

“There was very little in the way of positives The goalkeeper did well, he made a couple of good saves and was not at fault for any of the goals.

“I was disappointed by what I saw in front of him.”