FC Halifax Town
came away with a point from their long trip down to league leaders Brackley Town
, and though the match was left lacking in an aesthetic sense, manager Neil Aspin was satisfied with his players’ efforts.
The manager was also able to name Jason Jarrett in his starting eleven for the first time since the midfielder’s three-match ban, as well as being able to give new loanee Alex Titchener a debut.
However, despite the pair’s involvement, it did not stop the match from being a scrappy affair that required lots of commitment from the travelling Shaymen side.
“I can’t fault the players for their attitude and their commitment,” said Aspin after the match. “It was a closely fought game, there wasn’t a lot of chances. I don’t think either team did enough to win the game.
“They [the players] obviously tried their best but I think the quality wasn’t there and it was a very scrappy game and I would have liked to have seen more in the way of attacking play.
“But the main thing is that we haven’t lost today’s game and we’ve got a point, and we have to use it as a point gained rather than a point lost.”
Town have now scored just a couple of goals in their last five matches – albeit with two of those fixtures coming against a team from a higher division – which is something that Aspin admitted was a bit of a worry.
“Well it is a concern because we’ve got strikers of good pedigrees,” he said. “I’m confident they will score goals but you can’t turn it on and off.
“You might have a time when one forward’s not scoring but we’ve been fortunate that somebody else has come and scored the goals.
“The main thing is that we’ve got competition but if you’ve got the goal-scoring records that we have, then it shouldn’t be too long before one of them gets some goals.”
The odds of that happening soon are even more likely now with the debut of Alex Titchener on loan from Fleetwood and Alex Johnson, signed until the end of the season.
“I think we needed to bring in a couple of forwards,” Aspin said.
“The problem is, if you bring somebody on loan from a club higher up, he’s probably not been playing a lot of games but Alex Titchener scored a lot of goals last year.
“He’s a sharp player, he knows where the goal is and he will score goals – I am confident of that.
“I wanted to get him involved today, I didn’t think it was right to start him and throw him straight in but he’s here for a month and we’ve got a lot of games in that month so he should be a good addition for us.
“Obviously we made two signings. It was one for now [Titchener] and one for the future.
“I’m always mindful that we have to look at younger players playing a couple of leagues down in the pyramid and Alex [Johnson] has been doing well for Clitheroe.
“He’ll just have to wait for his chance a little bit but when Alex Titchener goes back it will be a case of Alex [Johnson] having bedded himself.
“He’s done really well at Clitheroe over the last few weeks. I think he’s got tremendous work rate and it’s not really a gamble for us – it’s an opportunity for him and I’m hopeful he can take it.”
To see the full interview with Neil Aspin and more post-match reaction to Town’s goalless draw away to Brackley, check out the Shaymen Player.