FC Halifax Town 0
Worksop Town 0
Town were forced to settle for a draw against rivals Worksop after playing the majority of the second half with 10 men.
The Shaymen appeared to have been dealt a major blow seven minutes after the break when Liam Hogan was dismissed for a second bookable offence.
And while they were never the force they had been with 11 on the field, they can be reasonably pleased with their efforts.
Town had the better of the first half but were unable to carve out a really clear cut chance.
And they only had to rely on one moment of good fortune after the break when substitute Ben Tomlinson fired a shot against the post.
Aspin sent out the same side that had thrashed Nantwich 6-0 in Cheshire seven days earlier.
And they were quickly on the front foot with Richard Marshall getting free on the right and crossing low but behind his teammates in the area.
Jamie Vardy showed his pace soon after, but his pass was just too strong for Lee Gregory.
And Mark Bower almost got on the end of a Simon Garner free kick after five minutes as the Shaymen continued to dominate
The Shay pitch was far from perfect and that almost worked in Worksop’s favour after eight minutes when Mikel Suarez raced onto a long ball that stopped, forcing Jonathan Hedge into a hurried clearance.
Town came close to breaking the deadlock after 14 minutes when Hogan’s free kick on half way, which looked like it had been intended for Vardy, reached Gregory in the box.
He controlled the ball superbly but was denied by a fine fingertip save from Worksop keeper Jon Worsnop.
Matt Young blazed an effort over from the edge of the area after taking a pass from Suarez before Marshall’s cross was headed behind for a corner at the other end.
Marshall was at the heart of everything and his ball in from the right skimmed off Gregory’s head and wide.
Town should have had a penalty after 27 minutes when Vardy was bundled down by Chris Wood but the referee waved away the appeals.
It did not slow down Vardy as he collected a pass from Tom Baker and whipped in a cross that was cleared just ahead of Gregory.
Worksop’s best chance arrived just past the half hour when Town’s defence failed to deal with Sam Duncum’s cross and the ball fell to Suarez, but his left footed shot was collected by Hedge.
Danny Bacon dumped Baker to the floor on the edge of the area moments later and Marshall flashed the free kick along the ground and narrowly wide.
At the other end, Hogan slipped, allowing Jamie Jackson a run into the area, then recovered superbly to produce a fine challenge to deny the Worksop man a shooting opportunity.
Hogan and Gregory both felt the force of elbows from Worksop players, neither of which were seen by the referee.
And it almost unsettled the Shaymen as they allowed Jackson a free header six yards out that he managed to send over the bar.
The game took a nasty twist after 52 minutes when Suarez broke on the left and Hogan, booked towards he end of the first half, chopped him down.
The referee had little option but to issue a second caution and send the Town central defender off.
You would not have known that the Shaymen were a man down as Holland fed Vardy and he won a corner on the right.
That was cleared, but a Hardy cross moments later picked out Holland at the far post and he hammered a shot goalwards only for Worsnop to stick out a hand and save.
Worksop forced a couple of corners as they looked to exploit the red card and from the second Suarez had a downward header blocked.
The Shaymen were certainly not having things all their own way, not even the decisions some of which started to frustrate the home players.
Jackson’s run forced another Worksop corner which Hedge punched clear but Town were unable to make anything of it on the break.
And the visitors came forward again with Chris Bettney swinging in a free kick that was headed wide by substitute Ben Tomlinson.
Scott Hogan almost made an immediate impact after coming off the bench with a good run and a neat turn on the edge of the area.
And Gregory hammered in a curling free kick after Baker had been brought down towards the edge of the area.
There was a massive let off for the Shaymen with three minutes remaining when Tomlinson beat Hedge, only to be denied by the post from his first shot and Hardy from the second and Danny Lowe headed the resulting corner over the bar under pressure.