Ashforth: “It’s a tough start but Railway will be ready”

tis  Railway Athletic v Harrogate Town. John Smiths Cup. Railway number 10. Town number 7.  (120801M4b)

tis Railway Athletic v Harrogate Town. John Smiths Cup. Railway number 10. Town number 7. (120801M4b)

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Last year turned into a nightmare with their defence conceding over 100 goals in the Evo-Stik First Division North.

But a new management team brings with it a new chapter in the history of Harrogate Railway.

And who better to steer the side on from the touchline than former Station View ‘keeper and assistant coach Lee Ashforth.

The former shotstopper knows all about the tradition of the club, including the importance of the FA Cup which gets underway for Rail’ a week on Saturday.

First is the visit of New Mills on Saturday (3pm), an unknown quantity before Tuesday’s trip to Clitheroe (7.45pm).

“We’re all excited and can’t wait to get going now,” said Ashforth.

“It’s a home game first for us which is a plus, hopefully there will be a big crowd down there to cheer us on.

“The first two games are tough, we’ve got a double header with Clitheroe on the Tuesday.

“But I think it will be a good gauge to see how far we’ve come.

“It’s difficult in pre-season. We’ve played a lot of games, but at the end of them it becomes a bit of a drag so you can’t read too much into them.

“We’re just looking forward to the start of the competitive action.

“All the players are buzzing, they can’t wait to get going.”

Ashforth is hoping to pick from a strong side for the next two games as they look to get off to a flyer.

He will be working with boss Billy Miller to guide the club away from the lower reaches of the table As for the FA Cup?

“The club has a great tradition, we know it’s a big competition and we want a good run in it.”