Town boss bemoans defensive frailties after Lincoln loss

Neil Aspin.
Neil Aspin.
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Neil Aspin blasted his side’s defensive display after FC Halifax Town lost 3-1 at Lincoln.

The Town boss was left unhappy after Town fell 2-0 down only 10 minutes in at Sincil Bank.

Town’s back line suffered a rare off-day as they struggled to cope with Imps attacking threat, with striker Ben Tomlinson notching a hat-trick.

Aspin said: “I thought it was a very poor performance, defensively terrible.

“I thought some of the decision-making at the back was absolutely woeful.

“When we played them at home I felt we played exceptionally well but didn’t get a lot of credit so I’m not going to stand here and not give Lincoln any credit because I’m not like that.

“They deserved to win today but our defending was particularly bad and you can’t go away from home, be 2-0 down after 10 minutes, and expect to win the game.

“It was rank bad defending. The first goal we could’ve dealt with better, giving a corner away and then another mistake which allowed them to put the ball in the box, then we’ve not marked up properly so it’s a catalogue of errors.

“The second goal is just a ball down the middle which should’ve been dealt with by our centre-halves.

“Then when you get back in the game at 2-1 you do exactly the same, wide open at the back, no pressure on the ball.

“I’m very disappointed but I have to take it on the chin.”

Winger Ryan Crowther made his debut for Town after joining from Fleetwood before the transfer deadline, and was the stand-out performer for the Shaymen on the day.

Aspin said he was pleased to finally get his man after missing out on him two years ago.

He said: “Ryan is a player I would’ve loved to have signed when he was at Hyde.

“Didn’t get the opportunity because he went to Fleetwood, which was full-time and a league team.

“But he’s got great ability and I’m really pleased we’ve managed to bring him to the club.

“I thought he was the bright spot for us and hopefully if we can provide him with service and get the ball to him then he will create.”