First half goals prove costly

Neil Aspin
Neil Aspin

Neil Aspin was left to bemoan two soft goals as he watched his FC Halifax Town side slip to a 2-1 Conference Premier defeat at Torquay United last night.

Town had more than matched the hosts in the first half, but then fell behind to goals from Ryan Bowman and Duane Ofori-Acheampong before the break.

The visitors enjoyed decent spells of possession in the second period but only had Lois Maynard’s fifth goal of the campaign to show for their efforts.

“I don’t think that we deserved to lose the game, it was poor defending in the first half; we’ve given away two soft goals through poor defending, which has given ourselves a mountain to climb,” said Aspin

“In the wind, you are hoping to get yourself in front and you don’t want to be chasing a two-nil deficit at half-time. But to be fair to the players, they equipped themselves very well in the second half and they pushed hard to try and get back into the match.”

Aspin believed the timing of the goals was crucial and was disappointed that his side did not put enough pressure on the Torquay goal.

“We could have done with scoring a little bit earlier, but I am not going to criticise them for their efforts, they were difficult conditions, but I am disappointed with the two goals that we conceded in the first half,” added Aspin.

“When you come down here on a long journey you want to be going back with something on the board, especially after two wins.

If we defended as we should have done in the first half, we would have come away with a win.

“As I say, we’ll move onto the next game; but we showed again tonight that we are capable of competing with any team in this division.

“One criticism I would have of our first half display is that before we conceded the goals we hadn’t worked their keeper enough.

“When you are kicking with the wind, you should go in front so to go behind it does knock the stuffing out of you, but that’s what football’s about, it doesn’t always to go plan.”

While pondering on a fixture list that forced Town travel to Devon on a Tuesday night, Aspin refused to blame the long journey for the defeat, adding: “It shouldn’t be like this for a part-time league, we prepared properly for the game.

“We were ready for the game because this is a Tuesday night; but that’s not why we lost the game, we’ve lost the game because we haven’t defended properly.”