Aspin pleased with battling win

Halifax v Gainsborough Trinity
Halifax v Gainsborough Trinity

FC Halifax boss Neil Aspin said he was pleased to have beaten Gainsborough Trinity - a week before the teams meet again.

Despite heavy rain throughout Boxing Day afternoon, Town played some good football and stood up to Gainsborough’s physical threat well.

The festive fixture list means that Town, who lost to Trinity in last year’s play-off semi final, will face them again on New Year’s Day.

Aspin said: “It is always nice to win a game against a team you’re going to play again in a week’s time and against the team who beat us in the play-offs last year.”

Gainsborough had been on a run of seven wins in a row until they lost at home to Stalybridge on Saturday in what proved to be the only Conference North game to beat the weather last weekend.

“Up until the game they lost on Saturday they were on a really good run so it’s always important to beat the teams around you.

“They were not great conditions today,” Aspin admitted.

“I think there is a lot of doubt going around about whether games are going to go ahead which is not great preparation because you want everybody to be focused on the game but we knew that if we got heavy rainfall on the morning of the game it wouldn’t go ahead, so we’re just delighted to get it on.

“If you do get the game on you’ve got to make sure you take the points and it was difficult game but I thought the players acquitted themselves well.

“It’s always nice to get the first goal, which we’ve always talked about, but once they pegged us back we had to go again. We’ve always got a responsibility when we’re playing at home and we don’t want to have too many games where we don’t score and we have managed to score a few at home this season.”

And the Shay chief was happy with the way Town dealt with Trinity’s aerial threat.

“Although we’ve got a few lads around 6ft they’ve got four lads who are 6ft 4 which gives them an advantage in height. But our team isn’t set up to be like that, we’ve got smaller players but more mobility in the team. Ideally you’d like someone who is 6ft 4in, is quick and can pass it, but the reality is that player isn’t playing at this level.

“We’ve all got our strengths, but it’s a problem when Gainsborough put free-kicks into the box as they proved last year in the playoffs.”