Manager praises hard working side

Gareth Seddon was sent off mid-way through the second half of FC Halifax Town's game at Bradford Park Avenue
Gareth Seddon was sent off mid-way through the second half of FC Halifax Town's game at Bradford Park Avenue

Town boss Neil Aspin was full of praise for his side after a battling draw with Bradford Park Avenue.

The Shaymen made the short trip to the Horsfall Stadium in Bradford to take on Park Avenue on Bank Holiday Monday.

The game finished 1-1, with Town’s goal scorer Gareth Seddon sent off in the second half for an off the ball incident.

And Aspin said he was pleased with the way his side battled throughout the game, which came just 48 hours after the home win over Workington.

“I thought we played some good football in the first half and we had a spell where we were well on top and we were passing the ball well,” he said.

Former Shayman Danny Holland prodded home Park Avenue’s equaliser on the stroke of half time after a foul by Liam Needham.

“It was just a needless free-kick to give away which was disappointing but I can’t criticise the players, especially when we went down to ten men.

“It’s difficult when you’re under pressure. The players had to defend well and work hard to keep going and we still created a couple of chances on the break.

“I didn’t sit everyone back, we kept two forwards up front so we were still being positive.

“We didn’t set up to take a point, but if you come to games which are difficult and you get one then I would never say it’s a bad point. I don’t look at is as two points dropped.

“The players worked exceptionally hard on Saturday and they’ve done the same again today so it’s full credit to them. They’ve responded well to the defeat against Colwyn to get a win and a draw and we have to look ahead to getting a positive result on Saturday.”

On the Seddon dismissal, Aspin added: “I didn’t see the red card incident but I can watch the DVD of the game and see what’s happened. The ref must have seen something to give a straight red but I genuinely didn’t see it.”