Evo-Stik: Harrogate Railway edged by Northwich Victoria

NADV 1403153AM4 Harrogate Railway V Bamber Bridge. (1403153AM4)
NADV 1403153AM4 Harrogate Railway V Bamber Bridge. (1403153AM4)
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Harrogate Railway suffered a fourth defeat on the bounce to higher opposition after losing 1-0 at Northwich Victoria on Tuesday night.

Railway fielded a youthful team without regulars Simon Wood, Lawrence Hunter, Jon Maloney (all injured) and Steve Bromley and Craig Radcliffe (unavailable).

Bradford City loanee Louie Swain started alongside Nathan Cartman up front, and Dan Thirkell replaced Wood at centre-back.

Veteran winger Colin Hunter felt he should have had a penalty for the visitors in the first five minutes of the clash, but the referee waved away his protests.

Hunter then missed a glorious opportunity before the former Conference outfit took the lead.

Rail’ goalkeeper Peter Crook spilled Mat Greenwood’s free-kick and Marc Josephs rifled home from six yards.

Railway had a second-half goal ruled out by the referee’s assistant but were unable to carve out enough chances to get back into the game.

Boss Billy Miller said: “Possession doesn’t win football matches. We probably had 60 or 70 per cent of the possession at times but we didn’t creat enough chances.

“We had what appeared a genuine goal ruled out when the assistant said it didn’t cross the line.

“Three or four of our players had seen it cross so I don’t know how he didn’t. He was stood on the line.

“The biggest disappointment was a lack of creativity in the final third. At one stage we had the ball for 20 minutes but couldn’t get into their box.”

Fourteenth-placed Railway head to Mossley on Saturday.