Town fight to keep Peat as Trinity table bid

HARROGATE Town boss Neil Aspin has pleaded with the club to tie up Nathan Peat for next season after Blue Square North rivals Gainsborough Trinity made a bid for his services this week.

Town are right back in the hunt for a play-off place after Tuesday night's superb 3-2 victory at King's Lynn, fighting back from two goals down to take the points.

However another player departure will be a kick in the teeth for Aspin who has seen his squad reduced to just 14 after the recent sales of Jim Provett and Danny Holland.

Former York City man Peat turned the game on Tuesday, levelling the match at two apiece with a trademark free-kick, his fourth goal of the season.

He has been an important cog in Aspin's wheel playing 31 times this campaign and his versatility, switching between midfield and defensive roles, has been an added bonus.

"Nathan is a really great talent, I don't want him to leave," said Aspin who is preparing for the visit of Hinckley United tomorrow (3pm ko).

"I know other clubs have spoken to him since everyone was placed on the transfer list.

"He's been a bit unsettled, but he's carried on playing, he's very professional and he's got respect from me and the players.

"But it's up to the club now to get him sorted out. His contract runs out at the end of the season and he's someone we need to sort out.

"Nathan is an important player for us. Not a lot of people travelling away from home will know what he's capable of.

"Last year he scored a free-kick at Redditch which was one of the best I've ever seen. If Nathan was playing in the Premiership they'd show re-runs of all his free-kicks they've been that good."

Speaking to the Lincolnshire Echo Gainsborough boss Steve Charles confirmed they have lodged a bid for Peat and added:

"Nathan is a quality player who is experienced at this level and he can play in a variety of positions.

"Nathan is one of a number of players we're talking to and we have made a bid to Harrogate - but that's as far as it's gone so far."

Aspin will soon have captain Denny Ingram back and raring to go after his fast recovery from a groin operation but with James Dean slapped with a five game ban following his third red of the season against King's Lynn Aspin could be facing another selection headache.

Dean will miss the forthcoming games against Southport on March 10, Redditch United (March 17), Fleetwood (March 21), Workington (March 24), Hyde United (March 28) and finally Solihull Moors (March 31).

"Denny we think will be another fortnight but it's important we don't rush him back," added Aspin.

"For James Dean it's disappointing for him and it's disappointing for us. It's something we can really do without at the moment."

Assistant boss Trevor Storton feels Dean needs to learn sooner, rather than later to channel his aggression to prevent more suspensions in the future.

"James is a young lad and maybe he gets carried away sometimes, but he needs to learn, this can't keep happening especially as the squad is so small at the moment," said Storton.

"We didn't get a good view of it but it looked like he kicked out at their defender. The defender didn't help himself, he went down and stayed down until James got sent off then he got straight back up.

"You see that sometimes and it's a shame.

"Unfortunately at this level there's not a lot we can do about it. There's no cameras so we can't have a look at the incident again.

Town come into tomorrow's contest in good form following consecutive victories in the league.

Tuesday's triumph away at the Linnetts was all the more remarkable after Town- just like their recent trip to Blyth Spartans- came from behind on both occasions to snatch a dramatic late victory.

At Blyth they battled back from 3-1 down to take a 4-3 win and Tuesday's comeback from a two goal deficit reiterated their never say die attitude according to Storton.

Hinckley meanwhile are still very much in the play-off hunt, eight points behind Aspin's men, but with two games in hand.

"Hinckley will be no mugs," continued Storton.

"They've had a pretty good season and they turned us over down at their place.

"But we're looking to get back to action straight away especially after Tuesday night.

"It's an important game for us. We need to stay up there with the other teams and keep winning."

On Tuesday second half goals by Michael Frew and Joe Francis put King's Lynn in the ascendancy, leaving Town with a mountain to climb.

However they hit the comeback trail when Dean found the net on 74 minutes before Peat smashed in a free-kick a minute later to level proceedings.

Town were hampered when Dean collected his third red card of the season for an off the ball incident.

But with ten men Town continued to press and grabbed the winner five minutes from time when Marshall was on hand to smash the ball home from the edge of the box.

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Blue Square North P Pts

Gateshead 30 59

Tamworth 28 58

AFC Telford 27 51

Southport 25 50

Alfreton Town 27 47

Harrogate Town 28 47

Stalybridge 26 43

Gainsborough 31 42

Hinckley Utd 26 39

Droylsden 24 39

Fleetwood Town 26 36

King's Lynn 30 35

Stafford Rangers 29 35

Vauxhall Motors 27 34

Farsley Celtic 25 31

Workington 27 31

Redditch 27 29

Solihull Moors 30 29

Hyde 28 25

Burscough 29 24

Blyth Spartans 25 22

Hucknall 29 20