Town can learn from semi loss

Town can learn from their play off failure by making another challenge for promotion next season.

That is the view of loan striker Ross Hannah whose temporary stay at the Shay ended at the final whistle against Gainsborough on Sunday.

A 1-0 defeat for the Shaymen meant disappointment and a second successive season in Blue Square Bet North after back to back title wins in the previous two seasons.

And while Bradford City frontman Hannah admitted making it three in a row was always going to be hard, he feels Neil Aspin’s side can challenge again in 2013.

“It can be done although it is a hard task,” he said. “The team did well to get into the play offs after the start they had.

“They can use this as a learning curve for next year and win the league.

“They are a good set of lads, the manager is a good manager and knows what he is talking about and so does his assistant.

“Hopefully they will be up there next year.”

Hannah was as frustrated as the vast majority of people inside the Shay after Town’s defeat to Trinity.

The Shaymen dominated the game but fell to a sucker punch from a set piece as Gainsborough booked a home final with Nuneaton.

“I don’t think we would have scored if we had still been out there now,” said Hannah. “That was the way the game was going.

“Every time we had a chance to get a shot off there was a yellow shirt there.

“That was the difference - they managed to break us down from a set piece.

“It was a scuffed finish, but sometimes that is what it takes to win games like that.”

From a personal point of view Hannah enjoyed a successful stint at the Shay.

He arrived having not played much football due to injuries at Valley Parade.

And he returns to the League Two side with a decent run of matches - and a few goals - under his belt.

“I said when I came here I wanted the opportunity to play games, which I have done, and to score goals, and I finished with seven in nine,” he said.

“Unfortunately, as a team we did not achieve the goal we set ourselves which was to get into the next league.”

Ovenden West Riding lifted the Halifax FA Cup with a 2-1 win over rivals Brighouse Town at the Shay last night.

John Booth and Andy Gregory were on target for Ovenden with Thomas Rose scoring for Brighouse.

As in previous years there will be a shuttle bus running from Halifax to the end of season dinner at the Cedar Court Hotel in Bradford on Saturday, May 19.

The bus will pick up at the Three Pigeons at 6.30 and the Belgrave Social Club at 6.45 and will cost £5.

For more information, call the travel line on 07707 143094 (after 5pm).