TOWN rode their luck as they scored twice in the final eight minutes - including one deep into stoppage time - to put their name in the hat for today’s FA Cup third qualifying round draw.
The Shaymen were heading for defeat to Tadcaster Albion until James Dean popped up to level with a header and that gave Scott McManus the chance to head in and make it 2-1.
“We certainly used a Get Out of Jail card there,” said boss Neil Aspin. “If you don’t play well, especially with our home form this season, and you concede early you know what is going to happen.
“And coming on the back of a 5-1 home defeat to Vauxhall it was difficult.
“When you are struggling, it is difficult for the players.
“I know it doesn’t look like it sometimes, but they are trying and they desperately want to do well.
“But sometimes, the more you try the worse it gets.
“But we are in the draw and that is all you can say.
“I have been in football long enough and know that when you are behind in a game and you are tense, it becomes a lot more difficult.
“Scoring first means your touch is better, you run freer, you are not as up tight.
“When we get the first goal and start playing without the weight around our necks you will see an improved performance.”
It was substitutes Dean and Jason St Juste who combined to get the Shaymen back into the game with eight minutes of the game remaining.
“When you are playing poorly there are lots of changes you can make,” said Aspin. “You just want to shuffle the pack.
“We were chasing the game and had to get forward players on.
“It is great for James Dean to get a goal for his confidence and Jason St Juste has been waiting for his chance and by the evidence of the last 20 minutes it might have been better to have started with him. He looked direct with a bit of pace and certainly didn’t lack confidence.”
The winner came from a rare goal from a Town centre back when McManus headed in a Kevin Holsgrove corner.
“You look at certain centre backs and you know that they will get their fair share throughout the season.
“Ours will get the odd goal but Scott’s was a vital one because we didn’t want a replay which would have been difficult.”