Football: Miller praises Town link as ‘biggest’ part of year

Harrogate Railway
Harrogate Railway

Harrogate Railway boss Billy Miller highlighted the club’s relationship with rivals Harrogate Town as the biggest success of his first season in charge.

Railway finished the season on Saturday when they lost 3-0 to defeated play-off hopefuls Mossley.

It meant Railway ended their Evo-Stik Division One North campaign in 18th place.

And, despite their seventh defeat in a row, Miller praised the club’s stability.

He said: “We have achieved what we set out to do. The biggest part of our season has been our relationship with Harrogate Town.

“We’ve benefited from players such as Rob Youhill, Craig McGillivray and Dan Clayton who have come in and done a job for us.

“The relationship with Simon (Weaver) is critical for us on and off the field.”

Town boss Weaver added: “Every time a players has gone there they have come back better because they’ve been playing.”

Josh Windass returned to the Rail’ side on Saturday but was taken to hospital by ambulance after dislocating his arm before half-time.

Miller said he visited Windass in hospital and praised the 19-year-old’s bravey.

Of the Mossley defeat he said: “When there’s not a lot riding on the game and when you’ve reached your target it is so hard to motivate.

“That doesn’t mean the players aren’t wanting it but there’s not that added pressure.”

The gaffer believes the club as a whole is moving in the right direction and expects an improvement again next year.

Miller said: “We have built a reputation for playing good football and a reputation with the new clubhouse. Reputation attracts players.

“It’s all significant. If we are going to move forward it comes from the girls who make the tea to the lads who go out and score the goals.”