Ton target is still alive

Neil Aspin’s champion Shaymen travel to Ossett Town today (3.0) for their final Evo-Stik Premier Division game of the campaign with 100 points still firmly in their sights.

Saturday’s trophy presentation and subsequent celebrations were in no way dampened by the fact that they had to come from behind to claim a 1-1 draw with Mickleover Sports - a result that took them onto 97 points, 21 in front of second placed FC United of Manchester.

And Aspin believes that, with the title having been bagged a fortnight earlier, the display confirmed his side’s battling qualities.

“Normally I would be disappointed with a draw at home, but I was pleased on Saturday,” he said.

“We managed to fight back and get a great equaliser and that was important because it stopped everything from going flat.

“We want to get to 100 points and Danny Holland’s equaliser keeps that chance alive for us.

“We were not at our best but we pushed and pushed to get the equaliser when you could argue that they had already done the hard work.

“The only thing for the players will be negotiating Saturday’s night out and their alcohol consumption.

“But I could not stop them from going out because they deserve it.”

The visitors took the lead from a contentious penalty 10 minutes into the second half - the linesman missed a clear offside but saw a ball to arm against Andrew Milne.

But the Shaymen levelled with a goal of real quality with Scott Hogan setting up Danny Holland for a 25-yard curler.

“He was only five yards offside!” said Aspin about the spot build up to the spot kick. “I thought there were a lot of decisions that went against us.

“But it was a lovely equaliser and it was fitting that Danny scored it because his form over the closing weeks of the season has been excellent.”

Holland said the players would be going all out to reach a century of points at Ingfield today.

“This is what we worked for all season,” said Holland. “We put the hard work in in pre-season and it was hard work on Saturday.

“But we are not a side that is going to sit back just because we have won it.

“You could see the frustration when we conceded and it was nice to fight back.

“We are still focused because we want 100 points.”

Like the rest of his teammates, midfielder Simon Garner was mobbed during the celebrations and the 28-year-old admitted he had been taken by surprise by the fans’ reaction.

“The scenes were brilliant,” said Garner. “I had never experienced anything like it - it was difficult to put into words.

“All the hard work was well worth it and I am overwhelmed - I didn’t realise there was so much love to be honest.

“It has been a brilliant season and it would cap it off if we could get 100 points.”