Evo-Stik: Harrogate Railway four-get 50-point mark after defeats

NADV 1403153AM7 Harrogate Railway V Bamber Bridge. (1403153AM7)
NADV 1403153AM7 Harrogate Railway V Bamber Bridge. (1403153AM7)

Harrogate Railway boss Billy Miller has reminded his squad not to repeat last season and plateau towards the back end of the campaign.

Miller’s men have lost four straight games in Evo-Stik First Division North, but all have been against cash-rich sides above them in table.

Play-off hopefuls Bamber Bridge stole a 2-1 win at Station View on Saturday (report page 93).

And Railway were on the wrong end of two contentious decisions as they lost 1-0 at former Conference side Northwich Victoria on Tuesday night.

Miller appealed for a penalty when Colin Hunter was “clearly taken out” on three minutes, but the referee waved away the Rail protests.

The referee’s assistant then ruled the ball had not crossed the line after a goalmouth scramble in the Northwich box.

But Miller said his biggest disappointment was a lack of creativity.

He said: “Possession doesn’t win football matches.

“We probably had 60 or 70 per cent possession at time, but we didn’t create enough.”

Railway were without captain Jon Maloney, Simon Wood, Steve Bromley and Craig Radcliffe but all should return for Saturday’s trip to Mossley.

The gaffer urged his 14th-placed side to forget their form and make up September’s 2-0 defeat against last year’s play-off contenders.

He said: “We know we have to be careful not to get labelled as a team that gets to this stage of the season and then peters away.

“Because of our last four results we can forget about finishing with 50 points.

“If we can pick up ten more points we can be happy.”