TOWN showed their strength in depth as boss Neil Aspin made 11 changes to his starting line up for last night’s West Riding County FA Cup quarter final clash at Harrogate Railway and won 3-2.
Aspin started the game along with coach Lee Nogan and there were three youngsters - Scott Eastwood, Matthew Jones and Sanchez Heffernan - in the side with all playing their part.
Goals from Danny Holland, Scott Phelan, who replaced Aspin at half time, and Scott Hogan sent the Shaymen into the last four.
And Aspin was happy that his team was able to win while also protecting the majority of players who will start against Nantwich at the Shay on Saturday
“Winning is a good habit to get into but I must admit that making 11 changes was a case of avoiding any injuries,” said Aspin
“You can’t send a side out to lose a game, that would be unprofessional, but with three lads from college along with myself and Lee Nogan starting I don’t think we expected to win.
“Because we have good quality throughout the squad there is always the chance we could win.
“We have goalscorers throughout the team and once you get into the game you want to win it.”
The senior players in the starting line-up, which included James Riley, Phil Senior and recent signing Andrew Milne, will all have benefited from then run out.
Richard Marshall also took his chance and is in the running for a return to the senior side in the not too distant future.
“For the likes of Danny Holland it is better than training and it was good for Scott Hogan to get a game and a goal,” said Aspin.
“Richard Marshall will come into contention when Scott Phelan is suspended and he needs games.”
Phelan is available for Saturday’s match but will start a three-match ban with the trip to Worksop seven days later.
Scott Metcalfe was at last night’s game as his loan with Chester City came to an end today and the winger will now return to the Town squad.
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