Town boss takes the positives after 3-3 thriller

Neil Aspin
Neil Aspin

Neil Aspin focused on the positives after FC Halifax Town’s pulsating 3-3 draw with Gateshead saw them move back into the play-off places.

Town were 3-1 up with 15 minutes to go but ended up sharing the spoils as the New Year began with an enthralling encounter at the Shay.

The Town boss admitted his side should have held on to their winning position but was happy with Town’s efforts overall.

He said: “If you have a two-goal cushion in any game at home, you hope that you go on to win.

“But I’m not going to criticise the players. The attacked a very good team and tried to win the game but we did tire in the second-half.

“I’m disappointed with the goals we conceded but the players have worked tremendously hard and the last 30 minutes shows we’ve put in a lot of effort and energy over the last week.

“I think it just caught up with us a bit on what was a heavy pitch as well.

“You’re always wary they can get back into the game but you’re hoping you can see it out.

“But it’s another three goals and 40 now at home which is a tremendous record, but if you score three at home, you’d like to think you can get the three points.”

The game was the fourth in a testing 12 day spell over the festive period, with Town remaining unbeaten and notching 10 goals to boot.

Aspin is delighted with his team’s endeavours of late and is now focusing on recharging his side’s batteries ahead of Saturday’s trip to Tamworth.

He said: “We’ve played four games now - Forest Green are full-time, Lincoln are full-time and Gateshead are full-time and we’ve matched them and given them all a good game.

“We’ve had two wins and two draws - I would have liked the three points today - but I’m not going to dwell on it too much.

“For me now, it’s about trying to get some energy back in the legs for Saturday because Tamworth haven’t played and that was a tough game for us today.”