Victory was all that mattered for Shaymen

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TOWN boss Neil Aspin told his players before kick off that their game with Harrogate was must win and they came up trumps as they triumphed 3-1.

The Shay chief knew this side had to end a run of three Blue Square Bet North matches without a victory.

And they came from a goal down to do so with loan signing Aron Wint levelling before goals from Danny Holland and James Dean saw them home.

“I told the players before the game that they had to imagine this was the last game of the season and they had to win it,” he said.

“I felt we had to win it because we have difficult games coming up, and that is no disrespect to Harrogate who have had some good results.

“We were desperate to win the game and get the points and it gives us a platform to go into next week’s game at Hyde which will be very difficult.”

Harrogate hit the bar from distance before taking the lead midway through the first half when a Ryan Toulson goalline clearance struck Chib Chilaka and rolled into the net.

And Aspin admitted he feared the worst although once Wint bagged the leveller things certainly turned Town’s way.

“If you look how many times the ball was in our six yard box and how many times it was in theirs, to find ourselves a goal behind in unfortunate circumstances you start wondering what is going to happen,” he said.

“But the equaliser gave us a lift and to get the second straight after changed the whole feel to the game.

“After that I always felt we would win it.

“We did not have too many scares in our area in the second half,”

Wint made a real impact, not just with his goal but his overall play and Aspin said he had been delighted with the youngster’s attitude to the temporary switch to the Shay from Scunthorpe.

“He trained with us first and you could tell he had some ability,” said Aspin. “I felt he might just freshen things up.

“He was here early on Saturday and has all the right attributes.

“Hopefully it will do him good and he will be good for us.”

It was also a good afternoon for Dean and Holland who got the goals as the Shaymen went on to victory.

“James Dean has struggled for goals at home but I would never question him for effort,” said Aspin.

“If I ask him to do a job he will do it and I trust him and Danny Holland and put my faith in them in games like Saturday’s.”

The common factor in all three Town goals was Scott McManus who provided the final pass for each of them in a very impressive display.

And Aspin believes the left back has a bright future ahead of him in the game.

“He is a good player but I feel there is more to come from him,” said Aspin.

“We have to keep pushing him because he is a very laid back character.

“If he really believes in himself he is player who could play at a higher level. He has some great attributes and when he pushes himself forward he is a threat with his pace and his power.”