Town’s best yet - Aspin

Town’s 4-1 win at Histon on Saturday came courtesy of the side’s best all round display since they won promotion from the Evo Stik Premier.

That was the view of boss Neil Aspin after watching his side move to within three points of the Blue Square Bet North play off places.

The Shaymen had the hosts on the back foot from the kick off and could easily have doubled their goal tally at the Glassworld Stadium.

“That was the best performance we have had in terms of possession and being on top since we stepped up to this level,” said Aspin.

“We dominated games like that in the divisions below but not in the Conference North.

“I thought we were excellent, played some lovely football and scored some great goals.

“It was good to watch and it would be nice if we could play like that at the Shay so the home fans could see it.

“Away from home we have looked capable of winning all the games we have played.”

James Walshaw opened his goal tally for the Shaymen with a double, the second a great strike from an acute angle.

In between Lee Gregory fired home from the penalty spot and Jamie Rainford completed the scoring late on with an exquisite chip over the keeper.

“I don’t think we would have scored the second goal that James Walshaw scored earlier in the season,” said Aspin. “He has that craft in front of goal.

“Jamie Rainford has been unfortunate because he has not been playing at Chester.

“He has started a couple of games for us but because he can’t play in the Trophy we went with other personnel.

“He went on and the goal will lift his confidence because it was a tremendous finish.”

“On another day we could have scored six or seven.

“After drawing in midweek I knew we had to go to Histon and win and was delighted with the result.

Having been forced to settle for a goalless draw with unambitious Solihull in midweek, Aspin will be hoping that the after effects of the FA Cup tie with Charlton have now been consigned to history.

“The cup tie is gone,” he said, “I know people have spoken about a hangover but I do think it is sometimes more difficult at home because teams sit back.

“If you don’t get a goal early everyone gets frustrated.

“But on Saturday always felt we were passing it better and looked more of a threat.

“I saw Histon at Stalybridge the previous week and even with nine men they gave them more of a game.

“But rather than saying they didn’t play well against us, I would say we played well.”

Rainford started the game on the bench - Danny Holland completed a three-man strikeforce that started the game,

And James Dean watched the game from the stands as he continued his six-match suspension.

“When we brought in James Walshaw we said we were adding to the firepower - then we were held 0-0 at home!,” said Aspin

“But it is good to have goalscorers in your squad because you can mix them up, change them about if one isn’t playing well.

“It is nice to have quality to send on because it keeps them on their toes.

“And we haven’t got James Dean at the moment who will give us another option when he is back.

“I would rather have selection problems than a lack of strikers.”