Alfreton win was just the ticket, says Town boss

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Neil Aspin believes FC Halifax Town’s 2-0 win over Alfreton was just what the club needed as they sealed their first win in six games.

Goals from Lois Maynard and Jamie Jackson in the second-half at the Shay were enough to move Town up to eighth in the Conference Premier after a dip in form that saw them pick up one win in their previous eight league matches.

Aspin said: “Obviously we were desperate for a result.

“It’d be fair to say the result was just what we needed.

“Pressure builds when you’re losing games, confidence dips and coming into the game, it hasn’t been a nice week in terms of waiting for it to come.

“But it was all about getting the three points and we certainly needed it.

“It’ll steady the ship. We’ve still got a lot of hard work to go but the players have handled the pressure today because it was all about getting the result.”

Maynard now has four goals in his last seven games, and the Town boss reckons the midfielder is getting back to his best after a shaky start to his second season at the club.

“It’s been a difficult season for Lois,” said Aspin. “He had a tremendous season last year and took the league by surprise from where he’d moved to.

“There was interest in the summer from other clubs and it’s bound to affect you, and I think Lois was affected by it as well.

“We had one offer for him and it didn’t meet our valuation so it got turned down.

“He’s not experienced at this level and with that sort of activity around him so I think it was difficult.

“With the team not playing as well as last season I think a lot of players have taken a dip in form.

“But there have been signs he’s coming back over the last few weeks.

“He is capable of scoring goals and now he is chipping in with goals that does his confidence the world of good.

“But people must realise he’s only had one year at this level - it was a hell of a step and sometimes you can’t just carry on.

“But I see the signs and I feel he’s getting back to how he was last season.”

Aspin revealed he had tried to sign another player on the back of Will Hatfield’s loan deal from Accrington, but was pleased with Hatfield’s debut.

Aspin added: “It’s difficult when you’re trying to bring players in.

“I tried to bring somebody (else) in but the wage demands were excessive.

“You can’t overpay to bring a player in - it upsets everything else.

“I know what Will’s like as a lad, he’s going to come into the dressing room and be positive.

“He wants to play games, that’s why he’s here and hopefully he can contribute.

“He’s made a good start today but obviously he’s not had a lot of 90 minutes so that’s why I took him off.”