Aspin impressed by trialist Schofield

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Neil Aspin was impressed with trialist Danny Schofield’s contribution during FC Halifax Town’s 2-0 win over Barnsley at the Shay.

Schofield played the second-half of the pre-season win against the Tykes after first-half goals from Matt Pearson and Scott Boden.

The former Huddersfield player also impressed in the full 90 minutes against Tadcaster last week and drew praise from the Town manager for his performance.

Aspin said: “I’ve not discussed contracts with Danny. He’s come in to play and I thought when he came on he was excellent.

“He never gave the ball away, he’s a little bit different to what we’ve got in the team, he’s experienced, so he’s got a lot of good attributes.

“He’s been a bonus today, I thought his performance was very good.”

Pearson bagged his third goal in two games with a delightful effort that saw him trick his way past two Barnsley defenders before finishing from close-range.

Aspin is hopeful the midfielder, who scored twice last season, can get on the scoresheet more often this term.

He said: “It would be the icing on the cake if he can add goals to his game. You can see even in a friendly he’s very committed, his work-rate’s tremendous and he’s very competitive.

“They’re great attributes so if he can add goals as well he’s going to be a hell of a player for us.”

Barnsley fielded their full-strength squad against Town but failed to score for the second season running at the Shay.

Aspin was happy for his side to test themselves against the visitors’ first-team.

He added: “The main thing in pre-season is that players get time under their belts and you get through the games without any injuries.

“It’s very pleasing when you play against teams from the Football League. We’ve moved up a stage whereas when we were a few leagues below we were playing teams who were playing a lot of kids, it’s nice to be playing against teams who are playing their full squad.

“It’s given us a good test and shows we’ve moved up a level. It’s nice we can compete with those teams.”