Town boss wants improvement despite pre-season win

Neil Aspin
Neil Aspin

Neil Aspin wants to see more from his FC Halifax Town side after they came from behind to win 2-1 at Harrogate Town.

Goals from Ross Dyer and Scott Boden cancelled out Ashley Worsfold’s opener, but Harrogate matched the Shaymen for long periods, who were below-par after two superb performances against Rochdale and Barnsley.

Aspin said: “If it had been in the league it would have been the type of game where we’d have said we can play better.

“But it’s a pre-season game and, of course it’s nice to win any game, but we’re going to have to be better than we were today if we’re going to pick up points in our league.

“It’s nice to win games but in pre-season you want to see other things and a few things today disappointed me and we need to be better when the season starts.”

The Yorkshire derby featured a few crunching tackles as Harrogate put in a competitive performance, but the Town boss was happy to see both teams getting stuck in.

He said: “Because of the rain it quickened up the pitch and there were a few tackles going in but you’re going to get that in the league so it’s good preparation.

“I’d rather it be like that than two teams standing off each other and not having any contact because that would be unrealistic so I’m not too concerned about that.”

Josh Wilson and Kevin Roberts were both unavailable through injury, while Richard Peniket was taken off at half-time after feeling a  twinge in his hamstring.

But Dyer and Boden both continued their impressive pre-season campaigns with goals, and Aspin expressed his delight at both players’ contributions.

He added: “All the new players gave settled in fine. The environment we have at the club makes it easy for people to settle in but as a striker you want to get goals.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s pre-season or any other sort if game - it’s nice to be getting a goal and I was pleased for Ross, he stuck his penalty away confidently and I thought he led the line well today.

“I thought Scott’s finish was a tremendous finish - great goal for the winner and it’s nice that he’s looking sharp.”