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Tis Harrogate Railway Manager Paul Marshall with the FA Cup at the Pied Piper Festival, Granby School, Harrogate.(03120220f)
Tis Harrogate Railway Manager Paul Marshall with the FA Cup at the Pied Piper Festival, Granby School, Harrogate.(03120220f)
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Ten years ago Paul Marshall was re-writing FA Cup history with Harrogate Railway.

The Park gaffer helped guide the club through the smaller stages of the famous competition right up to the second round, finishing with a defeat to Bristol City in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

It was an amazing achievement by Marshall and his management team. A decade later he’s hoping for more success.

Albion made history last year when they won through to the Second Round Qualifying stage, losing out to a last minute James Dean goal at FC Halifax Town.

“It’s ten years ago this year,” said Marshall.

“It would be nice to have a decent run in it again. You’ve just got to hope you can get through these early rounds and progress in the competition, because of the financial benefits and the boost it gives to everyone at the club.”

Albion will welcome Northern League Division One side Norton & Stockton Ancients on Saturday in the preliminary qualifying round (3pm ko).

A draw would mean a replay on Tuesday night and put back Monday’s proposed trip to Arnold Town in the NCEL Premier Division.

Marshall’s men have already played in the FA Cup, beating Consett after a replay.

“That was a good result to go up there and win,” continued Marshall.

“We were the only Northern Counties side to beat Northern League opposition in the last round which was pleasing. Norton will be a good side, I watched them against Pontefract in the last round and they’ve got a lot of pace on their wings.

“They’ve got a few threats, but then again so have we.”

Marshall will be working overtime to try and eradicate some of the errors which have blighted their last two league games.

Saturday’s 5-1 defeat at Brighouse was quickly followed by a 4-2 loss at Parkgate on Tuesday night. After going 4-0 down, Callum Ward and Nick Thompson did grab two back for Tad’ but it proved in vain.

“We’ve got to cut out the individual mistakes,” said Marshall.

“That’s what’s cost us over the last few games.”

North Yorkshire rivals Scarborough Athletic are the early season pacesetters in the Premier League. They lead the way with 12 points following Tuesday’s 5-0 victory over Lincoln Moorlands Railway. They currently have a 100 per cent record as they look to move into the Evo-Stik league next term.