Halifax Town 1 Scunthorpe United 0: Victory delights boss Aspin

Up for it: Danny Lowe wins a header
Up for it: Danny Lowe wins a header

Neil Aspin was more than happy with his side’s latest pre-season game as they made it three wins in three by beating League One Scunthorpe United 1-0 at the Shay.

The game was settled by a stunning Liam Hogan goal two minutes from the end, and it was no less than the Shaymen deserved.

In the back: Scott Hogan gets a push as he goes for the ball

In the back: Scott Hogan gets a push as he goes for the ball

They were the more incisive side throughout the game, hitting the post early through Nicky Gray and forcing the best save of the afternoon from Josh Lillis when Jamie Vardy fired in a second half shot.

United also hit the woodwork through Mark Duffy late on but it would have bee tough on the Shaymen who are looking better and better with every outing.

“I thought we had the better chances,” said Aspin. “And it was a fabulous goal to win it.

“I would expect when we play in our own league that the opposition will not have the amount of possession Scunthorpe had.

“When you play against a team from a higher level they are going to keep the ball.

“It is important that you don’t get picked off and they don’t start running in behind.

“The key is to keep working hard and keep them playing in front of us.”

Hogan’s goal - a 25 yard stunner after he broke from his own half - came when he was filling in at right back.

But despite that he appears to be third choice for that position behind Aaron Hardy and Ryan Toulson, who has yet to appear for Town since returning to the club.

“We have Ryan Toulson to come back off holiday and it would be very unfortunate to lose two right backs,” said Aspin. “And I wouldn’t want to move Liam from the centre of defence.

“In any case if anyone had seen him at right back at Stocksbridge I don’t think many would have risked playing him there again. He played well for Stocksbridge for 15 minutes or so in that game.

“Seriously, he has it in his locker - anyone with pace and is decent on the ball can play at right back and I would play him there no problem.”

The defence coped admirably with the League One side’s attack on Saturday and keeper Simon Eastwood did everything asked of him.

“When you bring in new players to a club you try to get them into good habits and into a winning mentality,” said Aspin.

“People took up good positions, they didn’t get drawn out of position and the discipline was good.

“With new players it may take a while for them to get accustomed to each other.”

The star of the show, though, was central midfielder Liam Needham who played alongside Tom Baker in the first half and Simon Garner in the second.

And his impressive pre-season form has come as no surprise to Aspin.

“He was a player I tried to bring to the club two years ago, but he didn’t want to drop to the level we were at which I perfectly understood.

“He missed a lot of the second half of last season at Guiseley and he knows that fitness is a big part of his game.

“He had 90 minutes on Tuesday and 90 minutes on Saturday.

“He is going to get stronger and fitter and will be a good player for us.”