Success or not? You be the judge

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Opinion is divided as to whether this season has been a successful one or not as far as Town are concerned.

It was always going to be tough to emulate the previous two under Neil Aspin when they scored 216 league goals, picked up 198 points and collected two titles.

They possibly over-achieved by reaching the Blue Square Bet North play offs but once they got there, it was disappointing to fall at the first hurdle.

On reflection, few would have expected the team to have finished third so in that sense it was a success.

But the pressure will now be on to improve and reach Blue Square Bet Premier at the second time of asking.

On the field it has been steady if unspectacular, although that is again measuring things against what went in the two years before.

Town were never going to steamroller opposition as they had in Unibond One North or the Evo Stik Premier.

They did put together a run of seven successive wins which is impressive at any level.

And it was more creditable given that they had, at one stage, been as low as 16th in the table following a humiliating 5-1 home defeat to 10-man Vauxhall Motors.

They followed that with a remarkable 4-3 win at Guiseley from 3-1 down at half time which summed up the season in a matter of a few days.

And it should also be noted that they took four points off Hyde FC who won the league with an impressive 90 points.

Of course they were, at that stage, still coming to terms with the sale of Jamie Vardy to Fleetwood.

He has gone on to help his new club to a place in the Football League next season and who knows, he might even net his former employers a further £300,000 into the bargain when he moves higher up the League.

To say the Shaymen failed to replace the speedy frontman would be an understatement.

It would also have been an impossible task as players like Vardy come along once in a generation at places like the Shay.

Only twice in the past 15 years has a player made his mark at the Shay before moving on to bigger things - Geoff Horsfield was the other.

And even if you throw in Grant Holt, who never really settled at the Shay as a teenager, it is only three.

Town enjoyed their moment in the national spotlight when they gave a far better account of themselves against future League One champions Charlton in the FA Cup than a 4-0 defeat in front of the ITV cameras might suggest.

But even that was a game that might never have happened but for late drama in a second qualifying round tie against Tadcaster when Scott McManus and James Dean bagged late goals.

As late in the campaign as Good Friday, Aspin’s side found themselves out of the play off places.

But they showed their character and three wins and a draw proved enough to see them climb into third place.

Sadly, they were unable to go on and finish the job as the defensive frailties that had blighted them throughout the campaign resurfaced,

Free kicks and corners had rarely been dealt with comfortably at any stage of the season and that was certainly the case as they went out of the play offs at the semi-final stage.

Aspin acknowledged that it was an area he had to address in the close season and if he does that they will be in good shape to challenge again in 2013.