Town boss happy with Boxing Day draw

Neil Aspin
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Neil Aspin said he was ‘delighted’ with FC Halifax Town’s hard-fought 1-1 draw at Gateshead on Boxing Day.

The Shaymen took the lead through Matt Pearson in the first-half but were pegged back by Jamie Chandler’s effort after the restart.

Aspin was happy to take a share of the spoils and praised his side’s work-rate against an impressive Gateshead team.

He said: “I knew it would be a difficult game so I’m delighted with a point.

“Gateshead dominate possession, pass it around from the back and they’re a really good footballing team.

“You know you’re going to have to surrender a lot of possession against them but I must give my lads praise - especially with us being part-time and not having a great deal of preparation.

“I thought they grafted really hard and for their endeavours they deserved a point.”

Gateshead dominated large parts of the match but were often frustrated in their efforts by the Town defence and keeper Matt Glennon.

Aspin admitted Town were on the ropes in the second-half as Gateshead pressed for a winner, but said his players have earned their slice of luck, with the hosts twice hitting the woodwork.

He said: “I would like to have created more chances and spent more time in Gateshead’s half.

“But when you get the goal like we did and they’re not really breaking us down and creating any chances, then of course you’re going to sit back.

“But in the second-half they upped their tempo and we were fortunate on a number of occasions but then I wouldn’t say that this season we’ve had too many games where we’ve hard large slices of luck.

“Today we’ve had some good performances, good goalkeeping and we were lucky on several occasions.”