NEIL Aspin declared himself pleased with the progress his players have been making during pre-season after watching his FC Halifax Town side produce another hugely promising display in a 1-1 draw with Blue Sqaure Bet Premier side York City.
Town had more than their fair share of the game and led through a wonderful first half Danny Lowe strike.
However, the visitors’ second half display always threatened a goal despite the best efforts of the Town defence and York duly grabbed a share of the spoils with a last minute header from Chris Smith.
Despite the late setback, Aspin was far from downhearted and pointed to the fact that his side have not looked out of place in four games against higher-ranked opponents.
“I would much rather concede a goal like that in pre-season than in a league game,” he said. “I cannot be too disappointed but it is just something we have to learn from.
“Overall it was another decent performance against a good York side which I predict will do well in Blue Square Premier.
“It was also another good excercise in getting lads match fit and building ourselves up for that first game of the season and I was very pleased with the commitment of the players and the performance was generally very good.
“I thought we played better than we did against Mansfield and Scunthorpe and it is that progression we need to be achieving during pre-season.”
Aspin brought in strikers Andy Fowler and Scott Spencer and both did enough to suggest they might get a second chance to impress against Ashton United on Saturday.
James Dean also looked lively as he continued to prove his fitness after a season wreckied by injury last time out while midfielder Harry Winter was given a rousing reception when he took th the field with 15 minutes left after almost a year on the sidelines following a knee injury.
“We are lacking a bit up front through injuries at the moment so it was right that we should have a look at different players now rather than later,” said Aspin.
“Both lads were given a run out and it could be the same situation on Saturday.
“I was pleased that Deano got a good 75 minutes on the pitch and Harry Winter also came on late in the game and it was really good to see him back.”
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