Harrogate Railway manager Billy Miller believes dual registered goalkeeper Peter Crook is among the league’s best.
Crook delivered three late Christmas presents to Station View this week as he pulled off a trio of penalty saves in Rail’s festive clashes against Farsley Celtic and Kendal Town.
Railway picked up four points in the two matches, thrashing Kendal Town 3-1 at Station View on Saturday two days after drawing 1-1 with Farsley.
“Peter’s the best keeper in the league for me at this moment in time,” said Miller.
“Shot stopping is part and parcel of being a keeper, it’s all the other things he does.
“He commands the area, coming for crosses and once he wins it, he tries to get us to playing straight away.
“He’s been a big plus.”
Crook made two spot-kick saves against Farsley. Colin Hunter also blazed another over for the home side.”
But victory was taken away from Railway late on, when Nathan Cartman’s goal was ruled out for offside.
Railway winger Rob Youhill said the decision spurred them on during Saturday’s Kendal onslaught, when Railway scored three goals in as many first-half minutes.
He said: “For two days I woke up laughing and I had to watch the offside decision against Farsley again. I couldn’t believe it.
“It was unfortunate for Kendal as we owed them one. Even though we hadn’t played against them, we felt we needed redemption after the Farsley match.”
Hunter scored a brilliant opener on Saturday as he blasted a half-volley into the top corner.
The winger then set Nathan Cartman free to lift in the second, before he made up for his Boxing Day blues with a coolly taken penalty.
Crook then saved a spot-kick he conceded before Kendal scored a late consolation goal.
Youhill added: “To score three goals in four minutes, we just turned it on. Seeing that class of genius, it gave everyone a lift. It was a scary goal.
“We know everyone’s abilities especially right now, even though we haven’t been winning and getting the right results, the performances have spurred us on.”
Miller’s men next travel to play-off hunting Lancaster City on Saturday.
And the boss said: “We have to go in with belief. We have pace, power and aggression, but we sometimes lack belief to how good they are.”
Youhill added: “It’s the attitude that will win us the game. If our attitude is poor, we will be poor.
“If our attitude is good, we will be class. ”