Aspin delight at Dean’s clincher

BOSS Neil Aspin was delighted with his players’ response as they recovered from Saturday’s Shay shocker against Altrincham with a 2-1 win at Workington last night.

Goals from Lee Gregory and James Dean gave the Shaymen the points on a shocking night on the Cumbrian coast which made for a battle of a game.

And the manager admitted the result was always going to be more important than the way it was achieved.

“It was a great response because Saturday was really poor,” he said. “The players showed real character to get a result.

“I was never going to be too concerned about how we played it was all about the result.

“We had to work hard and I am delighted with the outcome.

“People might look at a game like Workington and think it will be easy.

“But at non-League level when the players have to get off work in the middle of the afternoon and travel for hours and start playing in the wind and rain, it is difficult.”

Gregory scored with seven minutes of the first half remaining, but Town were pegged back by Gareth Arnison before the break.

“We scored at a great time and you are looking at getting though to half time then playing with the wind in the second,” said Aspin. “That would have been a great position to be in.

“But even though we conceded right on half time I didn’t feel as though the players were flat.

“They were quite upbeat and felt they could win.

“It was a close game and could have gone either way so we are just pleased to get the three points.”

The points were provided by a real goalscorer’s strike from James Dean, who fired home from close range with 12 minutes of his second game back from suspension remaining.

“It was difficult to throw him in on Saturday, but he contributes,” said Aspin.

“But the bottom line as a striker is that they get their share of goals and he chipped in with one last night.”

Seven days on from his mistake that led to Colwyn Bay’s winner at the Shay in the FA Trophy, Simon Eastwood produced several top class saves to deny Workington.

“He is not immune from criticism,” said Aspin. “I had a talk to him before the game because I felt he needed to be doing more.

“His decision making needed to be better and the saves last night show what he is capable of.

“We signed him because we knew he could do really well and in his defence he has had a lot of changes in defence in front of him.

“And a lot of the defending has not been great.”

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