Harrogate Railway boss Billy Miller urged his players to enjoy the “hostile environment” when they travel to Evo-Stik Division One favourites Darlington 1883. M
ore than 1000 fans are expected at Heritage Park on Saturday and Miller is relishing the return to one of his former clubs.
Miller used to coach junior sides at former league side Darlington, who lie eight points above Railway in second.
“If you don’t want to be involved in that, when do you?” he said.
“It’ll be a hostile environment but we have to enjoy playing in front of a big crowd. We will have a good go. “
“It’s going to be a really difficult game. But that’s what being in this league is all about.
“It will be a good benchmark to where we are.”
Railway had two goals disallowed in Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Ossett Albion at Station View.
Paul Beesley was on target twice as Railway tried to claw back a three goal deficit.
And the striker had his hat-trick chalked off for offside. Nathan Cartman had a similar fate three minutes before Ossett opened the scoring.
“It was just a couple of errors that cost us,” added Miller.
“We showed a lot of character. We had them on the back ropes. Unfortunately we ran out of time.”
Left back Craig Radcliffe has left Station View to join Skrill North side Barrow.
Dan Thirkell is banned for Saturday’s trip to Darlington. Mike Morris could receive a starting berth after an impressive substitute appearance against Ossett.
The defender’s introduction brought about the second half come back and Miller paid testament to his “aggressiveness”.
“At half-time, we just talked about our roles and responsibilities,” he said.
“We moved Simon Parkes back into the middle of midfield and Mike Morris came on at the back.
“It got us playing and we got back into the game. Sadly, the third goal was elusive.”