Shaymen were just not good enough - boss

TOWN boss Neil Aspin cut a frustrated figure as he watched his side surrender a two-goal lead at Eastwood on Saturday.

The Shaymen were cruising against their relegation-threatened hosts after goals from Danny Holland and Liam Hogan inside the opening eight minutes.

But a red card for Cameron Darkwah and an Eastwood penalty before the break darkened the manager’s mood.

And the home side bagged a second half equaliser to compound Aspin’s misery on a day when he ended up watching from the main stand following an altercation with the referee.

“We were not professional enough to do the job ,” said Aspin, whose side are back in action tomorrow when Nuneaton, who won 6-1 at Colwyn Bay, are at the Shay.

“It should have been a game we won comfortably but for one reason or another it has not worked out like that.

“I am disappointed because we have dropped two points, there are no two ways about it.

“But we have two more important games coming up this week so we can’t dwell on it.

“We have to make sure we are better in the next game.”

Darkwah’s dismissal was a massive disappointment - and a little harsh for what appeared no more than a trip but was deemed by referee Darren England to be a kick.

And the award of the penalty, after Luke Ashworth and Jervaise Christie had been battling for possession on the edge of the area, was a shock to most inside the ground.

“It was a bit of inexperience on Cameron’s behalf, but it was a very harsh sending off,” said Aspin.

“I think the penalty just before half time was the moment that changed the game.

“When you are 2-0 up you are a bit more comfortably but to concede a dodgy penalty right on the stroke of half time was a blow.

“It wasn’t a free kick before the penalty which is another decision we are unhappy about.”

Aspin had been banished to the stand by the time the penalty was awarded for his protestations following Darkwah’s dismissal.

And the manager admitted he had been wrong to go onto the field of play in order to get his point across to the referee.

“There were so many bad decisions,” he said. “You are only human and it just gets to you.

“It was just frustration but I should not have gone onto the pitch and I accept that.”

Despite the cards and penalty award, Aspin admitted his side should have been good enough to beat an Eastwood side that has not won a league game since October.

“It was not a penalty and should not have been given,” he said, “But we should have done better as a team and I am not going to say the ref’s cost us because we have cost ourselves.

“They did not have a lot of chances but you always feel they will get one and they took it. Full credit to them for that.

“They have a lot of young lads in the team but showed spirit and in football no one can just turn up and win.

“We ended up with our backs against the wall at the start of the second half,” he said.

“But in the last 20 minutes we pushed on and tried to win the game.

“We just have to move on.”