Shaymen miss chance to dent Celtic hopes

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Town will not know how damaging yesterday’s 2-1 defeat at Stalybridge will be to their play off hopes until the end of the season.

That was the view of boss Neil Aspin after watching his side concede an 85th minute goal to one of their rivals for a top five finish.

“How damaging it is will depend on whether we win the four games we still have left to play,” he said.

“Certainly it is a disappointing defeat.

“I felt if we could have won at Stalybridge it would have put them out of the equation. Now they are in front of us.

“In the second half we were on top without playing brilliantly.

“I felt we were going to get something out of the game and it is disappointing not to get at least a point.”

Town went behind to a 27th-minute Chris Lynch goal but were level through Sean Clancy six minutes later.

“We certainly didn’t play well in the first half but we got a goal at a good time and I thought we would go on and win the game,” said Aspin.

“We were the team that looked like we would get a winner and on another day things might have gone in for us.

“But we didn’t create many clear cut chances.

“It is disappointing but we have a game on Monday and have to get on with it.”

The winning goal, struck from 30 yards by Greg Wilkinson, looked like it would be saved by Simon Eastwood but the Bower Fold pitch played its part as the ball evaded the keeper’s grasp.

“The keeper said it took a massive bobble and the defenders have said the same,” said Aspin.

“If that is the case it is very disappointing.

“Sometimes a bit of luck can win or lose a game.”

The Shaymen now turn their attentions to Monday’s Shay clash with Boston United, a game they have to be looking for three points from.

“As the games run out you need to get points and we need to win on Monday,” he said.

Town could find themselves out of the play off places by tea time today with Gainsborough only needing a point from their trip to Blyth Spartans to move above the Shaymen.

Aspin will also have a close eye on Worcester’s game against Eastwood and Nuneaton’s trip to Bishop’s Stortford while Boston warm up for their trip to West Yorkshire by entertaining Harrogate Town.

Today’s Blue Square Bet North games: Altrincham v Hyde, Bishop’s Stortford v Nuneaton Town, Blyth Spartans v Gainsborough Trinity, Boston United v Harrogate Town, Colwyn Bay v Guiseley, Corby Town v Gloucester City, Droylsden v Workington, Histon v Hinckley United, Solihull Moors v Vauxhall Motors, Worcester City v Eastwood Town