Aspin says Town are happier side after Kidderminster stalemate

Neil Aspin
Neil Aspin

Neil Aspin admitted his FC Halifax Town side were the happier of the two teams after a 0-0 stalemate at fellow play-off hopefuls Kidderminster.

The draw leaves The Harriers with a lot of work to do to salvage a top-five finish, but The Shaymen remain on course for a play-off berth with a seven-point gap to make-up but with five matches in-hand.

Aspin said: “It was more important in terms of league positions for Kidderminster to get thee points than us today.

“We’re probably the happier of the two teams with a point but I wouldn’t fault the work-rate of players on both sides, I thought they all put in a shift.

“But it was just very hard to get any quality out of the game.”

Aspin admitted it was a poor spectacle but that the result proves how far Town have come since they were beaten 2-0 at Aggborough last season.

He said: “All the best performers were in defence for both teams.

“You can’t dress the game up, it was a poor game.

“But for us its important the we keep the unbeaten run going this year.

“You’d have to say from when we came to Kidderminster last year where we got outplayed and we were finding our feet in the league, we’ve shown that in the time we’ve had in the league that we’ve adapted well.

“Now we can come to places like Kidderminster and find ourselves above them in the table and we’re capable of more than matching them, and that’s a big achievement.”

The Town boss felt his side should have been awarded a penalty for a foul on Richard Peniket in the first-half.

“I thought it was a penalty. The linesman’s given handball - I think he got it wrong,” Aspin said.

“But I’m not going to harp on about that because we could’ve got that, they could have scored one that hit the bar.

“Did either team deserve to win the game really? I think you’d have to say it’s probably a fair result.”

Aspin said chances were few and far between in the match, but conceded he feared the worst during a desperate goalmouth scramble during the second-half which Town were fortunate to survive.

“I’d have had a better view if I was behind the goal but on about three occasions I thought they were going to score,” said Aspin.

“It was really strange how it didn’t end up in the net but obviously I’m thankful that it didn’t because you knew as the game ticked on that one goal was going to win the game.

“So you knew if you went behind it was going to be very difficult to win the match, so it was vital we didn’t go behind.

“We had a good chance near the end, Matty Pearson should have squared it and Jack Muldoon’s got a tap-in.

“But there was little in terms of chances created.”

Town have now kept 15 clean sheets in the league this season, which Aspin praised before also highlighting the performance of centre-back Graham Hutchinson, who made only his second appearance for the club.

“It’s a good record and if we’re going to do anything you have to keep clean sheets,” added Aspin.

“I think we have to give some credit as well to Graham Hutchison, who’s come in for two games, two clean sheets.

“He played really well today, I thought he was strong and he’s shown the reasons why I decided to bring him here.

“He was really good today up against established players in terms of league and non-league experience and I thought he handled it very well.”