Stalemate ends bid for ton

Town’s bid to reach 100 points for the second successive season was thwarted as they were forced to settle for a goalless draw at Ossett in their final game.

But while boss Neil Aspin admitted he was disappointed not to get to three figures, there were mitigating circumstances like a bobbly Ingfield pitch and a referee who was intent on blowing his whistle as often as he could.

“I never ever thought I would get to the point where we would get 98 points in a season and I would be really disappointed which is how I felt at the final whistle,” he said.

“I must say that we have had a few bad pitches and this was clearly the worst.

“It was very difficult to play any football and it was virtually impossible to pass the ball.

“I get frustrated with the amount of time the ball spends out of play over a 90 minutes.

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“The game never flowed and the referee blew for everything.”

Town have been champions for more than a fortnight and were presented with the trophy at the weekend so in effect yesterday’s game was irrelevant.

“I am just glad that we did not need to get a win from the game to achieve something because it would have been a flat feeling,” aid Aspin.

“We have done the work over the course of the season and you cannot criticise the players.

“You always want them to strive for more but to only lose four games in 42 has been a fantastic achievement.”

Aspin added that he had been surprised that his side had won the division with so much to spare.

“I knew we would be competitive,” he said. “And with the players we had and the ones we brought in I knew we would score goals.

“It is difficult to gauge the strength of the league and people I spoke to were of the opinion that we would not go through the league like we did last year, but we have done that.

“Northwich started with four or five wins and we were a bit behind them when they came to the Shay.

“When we played them at home we played really well and I thought that we were better than them.

“Then we saw some of the other teams and we were as good as them. It developed from there.

“We have been the most consistent team and we have been the best team and that’s why we finished here we have.”