Town boss believed Shaymen would pass Trophy test

Actions from Halifax Town v Alfreton, at the Shay
Actions from Halifax Town v Alfreton, at the Shay

Neil Aspin insisted he always believed his FC Halifax Town side had enough to overcome Alfreton after the two sides slugged it out in a 5-3 thriller in the FA Trophy.

Town are now through to the third round of the competition after equalising three times during the game, with Richard Peniket grabbing a hat-trick.

Aspin said: “It was a great game for the neutral, good for the crowd who came today. It was very entertaining.

“You can pick out the bad defending from us or the good attacking play, but I’ll concentrate on the fact we scored five goals and created a lot of chances.

“You shouldn’t be conceding three goals in a home game. On another day you’d lose the game.

“But today even though we kept giving them the lead I always felt we could get back in the game.

“It was a great game to watch, some lovely play and sometimes that’s what football’s about.

“As a manager you’d like a clean sheet of course, but I’ll certainly take the win.”

Aspin was pleased with his side’s performance, with Peniket and Danny Schofield particularly catching the manager’s eye.

He said: “We put some decent balls in the box, created some good opportunities, some good inter-play and passing.

“I’ve said on a few occasions at home we’ve not worked the keeper enough but today we got a lot of shots off, had some good movement.

“Richard Peniket was excellent up-front, put himself about.

“He was aggressive, everything you want from a striker, he was a real handful.

“Some of Danny Schofield’s football - he was absolutely different class and a joy to watch at times.

“Some lovely play. I think earlier in the season we got accused of being a team that just scores from set-pieces, but it can’t be levelled at us today because some of our football at times was really good.”

Aspin revealed his search for reinforcements has been a frustrating one so far, but was delighted with the reaction he got from starting Peniket as his central striker.

“I had a chat with Richard last week, he’s really keen to do well at this club,” said Aspin.

“He’s played in wide positions but he does want to play up-front.

“He got his chance to play up-front today and he certainly took it.

“I must’ve tried this week to bring in about 10 strikers and for one reason or another they haven’t come off and that gives Richard his chance.

“If we’d have signed any of those players, they couldn’t have done better than Richard today.”

Aspin admits there’s still work to do in the transfer window after seeing two deals fall through last week.

He added: “We have made offers for players this season that have all been turned down.

“We had an offer for a player turned down at the start of (last) week so we have to decide whether to increase that offer or not.

“I had a player I spoke to on Thursday, I spoke to his agent, everything was sorted out.

“I spoke to the player on Thursday night as well. Friday morning he decided he didn’t want part-time football.

“That’s the way it goes. It’s my job to keep trying and I will do, but if they don’t want to come or want too much money, we’ll use the players we have.”