Aspin left to rue first half misses

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TOWN missed out on the chance to go second in Blue Square Bet North as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Gainsborough at the Shay last night.

The Shaymen led early through Lee Gregory but had to battle back to claim a share of the spoils thanks to a Simon Garner strike.

And boss Neil Aspin felt the chance to win the game had been in the first half when Town were by far the better side.

“We should have been out of sight after 30 minutes,” he said. “I felt we probably played better in that spell than we have at any other time at home this season.

“We were not clincal enough with the chances we had and then got caught just before half time.

“The players gave their all. We conceded two bad goals, but responded in the right manner and tried to win the game which is all you can ask them to do.”

Town could not have made a better start to the game with Gregory firing home after just seven minutes.

“I thought we started well,” said Aspin. “We played at a good tempo and looked like we would hurt them.

“We played some lovely football but did not put the game out of reach.”

They had chances in the second half as well, but none were as good as those created before the break.

“There were a lot of balls going across the goal, a lot of times the ball was in the box but you could not say anyone missed a glaring chance.

“Earlier in the season had we gone 2-1 behind in similar circumstances I feel we would have gone on to lose.

“Last night we battled well and could have snatched it.”

There was relatively little damage done to Town’s play off hopes, with Guiseley also held in their game at Vauxhall Motors and Altrincham drawing at Blyth Spartans.

“I said at the end it could turn out to be a point gained and it is certanly important not to lose games,” said Aspin.

“I wanted to keep the unbeaten run going.

“We have proved we can give anyone in this league a game we just need at times a little more quality in the area and to make it count when we are on top.”

As for not being second going into the final three months of the campaign, Aspin was not overly concerned.

“The second place thing makes no difference to me,” he said. “I just want to win games. We just have to start again and try to win the next game.

“But I won’t lose any sleep over not being second - we just need to be in the play offs.”

A desire to play top-flight football persuaded Jonny Howson to leave home town club Leeds and sign a three-and-a-half-year deal with Norwich.

The 23-year-old midfielder was confirmed as a Norwich player this afternoon, after the Canaries had an undisclosed offer “reluctantly” accepted by the npower Championship club last week.

“The reason (for leaving) is the Premier League,” he said.

“I am going to a very good club with good support, but at the same time I know I’m leaving a club I’ve loved from being such a young boy. That’s not going to change. Leeds has been a massive part of my life.”