Aspin says Town deserved their win over Southport

Neil Aspin
Neil Aspin

Neil Aspin admitted it was a hard-fought but deserved win after FC Halifax Town beat Southport 3-1 on the day his new full-time contract was announced.

Town were level at the break but dominated for long periods, although they only managed to put the game to bed thanks to debutant Jamie Jackson’s last minute strike.

James Bolton and Marc Roberts had earlier found the net either side of Danny Hattersley’s equaliser.

The Town boss was happy to get three points, especially after a lengthy round-trip to Kent at the weekend.

He said: “Obviously I’m really pleased to win any game at this level.

“I wasn’t particularly looking forward to the game in the respect that with our home form and Southport’s away form last year, I think everybody’s was thinking it would be a comfortable win.

“But I knew it wouldn’t be like that because they’ve got a different team.

“We don’t have right to win games, we’re a part-time team ourselves.

“But the players have come off a long trip to Dover and I felt we deserved the win but it was a hard-fought victory.”

Aspin said Town should have converted a set-piece long before Roberts’ nodded in Adam Smith’s corner.

“I think we had enough chances from corners that we should have scored more,” he said. “We’ve had numerous opportunities where we’ve headed them.

“The keeper’s made a couple of good saves but I felt they should have been dispatched and if we’d put them in the corners we would have scored.

“But Robbo’s good in the air and it’s a lovely corner that Adam’s put in, that’s the type of corner we try and hit because if he gets the height it’s difficult to contain Robbo in that situation.”

Jackson scored in the last minute of added time to calm any lingering nerves about the outcome, and Aspin hopes it will be the start of a productive spell at the club for the striker.

He said: “He’s been at a few clubs and never really fulfilled his potential but hopefully he’s come to a club where maybe he can.

“He’s only been here a short spell but he’s popular amongst the lads, he’s a bubbly type of character and he certainly showed what he can do tonight.

“He’s got that electrifying burst of pace and if you can get him in those areas then he does cause problems.

“It was lovely to see that third goal go in. It’s always nervy when you’ve got a one-goal lead and there’s five minutes of injury time.

One blot on the evening was a controversial performance by referee Simon Bennett, who Aspin felt should have shown red to Southport’s Luke George after he appeared to move his head towards Matt Pearson.

The Town manager added: “I thought there was numerous decisions that didn’t go our way. There was a blatant red card, not that I want to get players sent-off.

“But we have had enough sent-off ourselves. The explaination by the referee was not correct in my opinion and they should have been down to 10 men.

“But I must say we did give away too many free-kicks, especially around our own box. I felt at Dover at times we gave a few free-kicks away.

“It’s something we need to cut out.”