Poor defending cost us, admits Town boss after opening-day defeat

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Neil Aspin admitted his side didn’t defend well enough after FC Halifax Town lost their opening game of the season 3-1 at Boreham Wood.

Jordan Burrow’s penalty on his debut meant Town went in level after Ricky Shakes’ opener, but second-half goals from debutants Jamie Lucas and Harry Crawford sealed the win.

The Town boss was unhappy with his side’s defending for all three goals, with skipper Hamza Bencherif’s slip leading to the hosts’ second and Crawford getting the better of Matty Brown for his late effort.

Aspin said: “It’s very frustrating because I thought we were controlling the game when we conceded the first goal and then I felt we were getting on top when we conceded the second.

“They were both terrible goals to give away. Unfortunately defensive mistakes have cost us.

“Their third goal is bad defending as well. All three goals should have been defended better.”

Aspin was frustrated that his side went on to lose after appearing to be in the ascendancy at the start of the second-half.

“In the second-half we had control of the game.

“I’m not saying we should have gone on and won it but we should certainly have taken a point.

“You can’t legislate for goals given away as cheaply as that, especially considering in pre-season we’ve defended pretty well.

“But today it was very poor and you’re not going to win any games if you give goals away like that.”

The Town boss was pleased with the contributions of his attacking new boys, especially those who were signed from lower league clubs, but revealed winger Josh Macdonald picked up a knock that could make him a doubt for Tuesday’s visit of Chester.

“Jake, Josh and Sean Tuton are lads that have been playing at levels below but I thought they acquitted themselves well,” he said.

“The only reason Jake came off is that we changed the shape a bit to try and get back in the game.

“But I wouldn’t put any blame at their door.

“Josh was getting more into the game but he got a kick on his ankle so I thought we need to look at keeping him fit for Tuesday.”