In-form Railway seek six points from week away

hsb  Alex Hallam scores Railway's second goal against Radcliffe Borough.  (130209M2b)
hsb Alex Hallam scores Railway's second goal against Radcliffe Borough. (130209M2b)

Harrogate Railway boss Billy Miller is preparing his in-form troops for an Evo-Stik First Division North double-header.

Railway travel to Ramsbottom on Saturday (3pm) before making the short trip to Yorkshire rivals Ossett Town on Tuesday (7.45pm).

The fixtures follow a win at Burscough and Saturday’s 2-2 home draw with Radcliffe Borough.

Miller admits Railway are doing well to be unbeaten so far in February, and he hopes this week’s travels will help Railway edge further away from the bottom of the league.

He said: “We looked at the February fixtures and thought it was one of the toughest months we had in the season.

“We have four out of six points already, so we are very pleased.

“The boys are looking at our league position and thinking we should be much further up, but I think we need to just keep taking it one game at a time.”

Ahead of the matches, the manager said: “The lads in charge of Ramsbottom are doing a great job.

“They don’t have a massive budget, but are doing well with that they have.

“The Ossett tie is a big one for us.

“A local derby, they have been rather hit and miss.

“They were on a brilliant cup run, and our players are up for it.”

The manager revealed defender Jerry White is looking for a new club, given the competition for places at left back this term.

Si Parks has gone to Glasshoughton Welfare to increase his game time.

Dan Clayton has joined the club for a short term from Harrogate Town.

Miller hopes the loan will work in a similar way to the recent successful spells of Town player Liam Hardy and Rob Youhill.

The boss said: “It worked well with Liam and Rob, so we are hopeful Dan can add a new dimension here as well.”

On Saturday, Railway raced into a 2-0 half-time lead through an Matt Parker own-goal and Alex Hallam strike.

However, Radcliffe responded with a brace after the interval to ensure a share of the points.

Reflecting, Miller said: “Jesus was missing for us, he is in Tenerife until next week, so we played Clayton off Nathan Cartman.

“Cartman has been in great form for us, and he and Danny Hull terrorised them in the first half.

“We should have finished it off before half-time, but they were good on the ball in the second half.

“Over the 90 minutes, a draw was probably a fair result.”

The boss is already looking ahead to next season.

He said: “We know what we have got, we just need time to adapt to this level.

“We are looking at who is available for next season, we need to get this group of lads playing consistently well.”