FA Cup on hold as Rail’ go on vital points hunt

harrogate Railway FC v Ossett Albion.''Harrogate Railway's captain, Liam Gray, works hard to try and create an oppurtunity for his team in the Ossett goal area.'picture mike cowling
harrogate Railway FC v Ossett Albion.''Harrogate Railway's captain, Liam Gray, works hard to try and create an oppurtunity for his team in the Ossett goal area.'picture mike cowling
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HARROGATE Railway boss Nige Danby has told his men to forget about their forthcoming FA Cup clash against Bradford Park Avenue and bring home the bacon in two important league clashes starting tomorrow at Warrington (3pm ko).

After their recent 1-0 victory over Clitheroe, the Station View gaffer is hungry for more.

An unpredictable Warrington await before Tuesday’s return of former boss Phil Sharpe and his Ossett Town outfit (7.45pm).

Danby wants maximum points from both to keep the ball rolling. Railway are currently 13th in the Evo-Stik First Division North.

“Everyone is looking forward to the FA Cup game but we can’t think about that yet, we’ve got two tough games in the league first,” he said.

“They are both important especially so early in the season.

“Warrington we don’t know anything about at all. But we can’t take them lightly. I’ll be going there with a full strength squad and looking to win it.

“Then Sharpey returns on Tuesday. Of course he’ll be getting his team up for that one and he’ll want to win so we’ve got to be ready for that.”

In eight days’ time Rail’ travel to Horsfall Stadium to face current Evo-Stik Premier leaders Park Avenue in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup, after Tuesday’s preliminary round 2-0 replay victory over Silsden.

A brace by Liam Gray sealed the important win.

On Saturday they scrapped out a 1-1 draw, Paul Beesley’s 91st minute strike cancelling out Chris Simpson’s 13th minute opener.

“It was a big improvement,” said Danby about Tuesday’s result.

“Saturday we were very poor. Sometimes you play badly and six or seven have off days, on Saturday though every person had a bad game. But we managed to keep going and get the reply.

“But the other night I thought we responded well.

“We went down to ten men when Ian McLean was sent off but even then we kept going and scored that second goal.

“It’s good because last season we knocked out in the first round. The FA Cup is always good financially for clubs so hopefully we can go on a bit of a run this year.”

Meanwhile former Railway boss and experienced FA Cup campaigner Paul Marshall guided Tadcaster Albion into the first qualifying round after beating Pontefract Colleries 3-2.

His reward is a mouth-watering home tie against well-supported Scarborough Athletic.