Boss Neil Aspin had the perfect description of the own goal that knocked Town out of the FA Trophy last night - calamitous.
Gregg Anderson laid the ball back for Simon Eastwood from wide on the left and the keeper somehow managed to miss it completely, allowing it to roll into the net.
That was enough to give Colwyn Bay a 2-1 victory with their opening goal coming from Fraser McLachlan, who succeeded where James Walshaw had failed earlier in the evening by scoring from the penalty spot.
Aspin could hardly believe his eyes when he saw the ball crossing the line for the Bay winner moments after Tom Baker had fired the Shaymen level with a 25-yarder.
“I was shouting at Lee Gregory to pull across to the right hand side and the next thing I knew the ball was in our net,” he said. “I have heard what happened although I didn’t see it myself.
“It was a calamitous goal and when you go out to a goal like that it leaves a bad taste in your mouth.”
Baker’s equaliser was the kind of strike that should have inspired the side.
“I felt that if we could get the equaliser we could go on and win the game,” said Aspin.
“But we gave a goal away so soon after scoring and it knocked the stuffing out of us.
“I know we are chopping and changing with injuries and suspensions but we can’t give away goals like we did last night.”
The Shaymen should have been ahead nine minutes before the break, but Walshaw became the latest Town player to miss from the penalty spot.
“You can’t legislate for the number of spot kicks we miss,” said Aspin. “And that can have a big outcome on a game.
“But as I said on Saturday I wont criticise players for missing penalties.”
It was yet another disappointing outing at the Shay for Aspin’s side, something he knows they have to sort out sooner rather than later.
“It is another home game in which we have not performed” he said, “It has happened too often this season and I accept responsibility.
“We should be playing better than we are at the Shay but we just can’t produce.
“We keep making mistakes that lead to goals and that makes the game difficult.
“The players are finding it difficult when they are under pressure to perform.”
Town’s woe was compounded by an injury to Aaron Hardy, who twisted an ankle and is now doubtful for Saturday’s league game against Altrincham.
Scott McManus and Liam Hogan both picked up bookings to edge closer to one-match bans.
“One week you think things are turning round, the next you have more injuries and suspensions,” said Aspin..
Town are back in action again tonight when they travel to Brighouse Town in the County Cup.
Aspin will field a much changed side but is boosted by confirmation that the match will count against suspensions currently being served by Danny Lowe and James Dean.
“That is certainly a positive for us, but there are none from last night,” he said.
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