Town’s players are devastated

Could not believe his luck: Ryan Toulson
Could not believe his luck: Ryan Toulson

Ryan Toulson said Town’s players were devastated after watching their hopes of promotion disappear with defeat to Gainsborough in the second leg of their play off semi-final at the Shay.

A Shane Clarke goal from a corner was enough to give Trinity a place in next weekend’s final against Nuneaton.

And that followed two goals from free kicks for Gainsborough in the first leg which ended in a 2-2 draw.

“The lads are devastated,” said Toulson. “But we let ourselves down again with another goal from a set piece.

“On another day Simon Eastwood saves it or I stop it on the line but it wasn’t to be.

“We had all the chances, all the possession and the lads have thrown everything at it.

“There was the one that came off the post which, on another day, falls for Lee Gregory.

“Then Sean Clancy and James Dean get in the way of each other.”

Town’s luck was certainly out in Sunday’s game and Toulson had a bit of misfortune it as well.

The full back has never scored for the Shaymen in either of his spells at the club but thought that had changed late on when he fired in a shot from distance.

“I watched it all the way and I don’t know where the keeper came from,” he said.

“The lads were saying it was at a good height for him - anywhere else and he doesn’t get it.

“I hit it sweetly and thought it was my first goal.

“That would have put us in a good position.”

Certainly if Town, looking for a third successive promotion under Neil Aspin, had levelled they would have had the momentum with them going into the closing stages.

As it was, they were left to reflect on a generally good first campaign at Blue Square Bet North level which saw them recover from a sluggish start, when they were closer to the relegation zone than the play off places, to claim third spot.

“We have had a good season from the position we were in early on,” said Toulson.

“People probably wrote us off early in the season but we showed good spirit, went on a good run and ended up in the play offs.

“I think that is a good achievement for a club that has just come up.”

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).