Aspin admits Tamworth win was a pitch battle

Neil Aspin
Neil Aspin

Neil Aspin was delighted at FC Halifax Town’s 2-0 win over Tamworth but admitted the Shay pitch played a part in his side’s workmanlike victory.

Town failed to reach the heights of previous home wins but were still good value for their 13 home success of the season thanks to goals in each half from Matt Pearson and Lois Maynard.

The Town boss says the threadbare Shay surface will be a factor in home games for the rest of the campaign.

He said: “I’m obviously delighted to win any game at this level.

“People will expect us to win because we’re at home and Tamworth have been struggling.

“We were very bad in the game at Tamworth and you always expect a tough game against any team that’s fighting for their lives.

“They’ve got some good players but at home we continue to score goals although we weren’t as fluent today.

“The pitch has played a part in that, it’s definitely deteriorated from the last game we played at home.

“Now it’s a bit more like a pudding and we’ve got to take that into account for the rest of the season.

“It’s really taken the life out of the pitch - you want to play with a fast tempo at home but that’s going to be more of a problem because the pitch is a bit dead at the moment.”

Aspin was pleased to see his side record their first clean sheet in six games, and rated Maynard’s 30-yard screamer as one of the best goals Town have scored this term.

He said: “We haven’t kept enough clean sheets this season, we’ve conceded too many goals.

“So the main thing was we kept a clean sheet and I felt if we did that we would win the game.

“It’s needed two great goals to win it but when you look at the saves their keeper’s made, we did enough to win the game.

“He’s a good reflex keeper, not the biggest but a good spring around his goal and he’s pulled off some great saves.

“You know at 1-0 it’s always going to be tricky.

“We needed a second goal and I would’ve liked to have got it earlier but it was nice when it came.

“We’ve all got our picks for what’s been our best goal but you’ll not see many better than that - it was absolutely fantastic.”