Draw could be a turning point, says Aspin

Halifax Town v Bromley. Neil Aspin
Halifax Town v Bromley. Neil Aspin

FC Halifax Town boss Neil Aspin admitted his side’s dramatic point could be a huge turning point after they drew 2-2 against Bromley.

Town looked to be slipping to their fifth straight defeat before scoring twice in added time to rescue a dramatic draw.

Aspin said: “Although it’s only a point, to get off the mark is a big turning point because you’re under pressure when you’re not winning games.

“I feel for the first time in a long time we’ve had a bit of luck because I thought when we conceded the first goal we were on top and it was a very unfortunate way to go behind.

“But it sums up the season so far really.

“You couldn’t have seen it coming at all but in the position we’re in we’ll take it as a massive positive and we’ll strive to get better.”

The Town boss admitted he thought the game was finished after goals from Moses Emmanuel and Joseph Pierre-Dubois left Halifax with a mountain to climb.

“The game was over,” said Aspin. “I think their first goal knocked the stuffing out of us. When you’re on a losing streak and you need to get that first goal, to concede it, especially in the fashion it went in, he’s mis-kicked it and it’s rolled in, an awful way to concede.

“You always hope if you get one back you’ve got a chance but when I asked the fourth official (after Connor Hughes’ goal) he said there was only 90 seconds left so you’re thinking it’s too little too late.

“We’ve salvaged a point and we’ve got to try and build on it.”

Aspin said either side could have found the net in the opening-half but is determined to see his team get the first goal after again falling behind this season.

“In the first half there were chances for both teams,” he said.

“I did think we probably had the better chances, certainly a couple of clear-cut chances where we should have scored.

“They’ve had a few things round our goal as well.

“I did say at half-time if we could keep a clean sheet I thought we’d win.

“But it’s another two goals, three goals in the first game, two against Torquay - if you keep conceding it’s very hard to win matches.

“It’s a difficult league to be chasing games so we must get the first goal to give ourselves a chance.”

The Town boss said Connor Hughes’ 30-yard stunner was a great effort, but that the former Hyde winger still needs time to improve.

“We are lacking on confidence, there’s no doubt about that, and you’re sometimes hoping for a bit more from individuals,” he said.

“Connor got into some good positions when you’re maybe hoping for a bit more but he’s come up with that strike.

“He can score goals, he’s got a good record as a winger and that was a fantastic strike.

“We need results now and I accept that but he’s going to get better, but we do have to show a bit of patience with him.”

The Town boss didn’t see the foul that led to Jordan Burrow’s last-gasp penalty, but praised the nerve of the striker to take it.

He added: “I didn’t really see it too well, I was more focused on where the ball went.

“I think he got cleaned out. But that’s what you want, you’ve got to get people in the box.

“I thought (Jordan) showed a lot of bottle to take the penalty.

“That goal going in has saved me from having a sleepless night.”