Harrogate Railway boss Paul Beesley says his disappointment at Tuesday’s draw at Retford United is a sign of how far the club has progressed in recent weeks.
His side were denied a third successive NCEL Premier Division victory when they were stung by a 90th-minute equaliser at Cannon Park.
They had come from behind to go 2-1 up and remained in front with just stoppage time remaining, but were unable to hold on for the three points.
“It shows how far we’ve come in the last few games that we’ve got a point away from home and I’m disappointed,” Beesley said.
“I’d have bitten your hand off if you’d offered me a draw on the road when I first came into the club.
“The lads are all fighting for each other now and have deserved the results we picked up recently. The quality of the opposition maybe hasn’t been the greatest, but we can only beat what is in front of us.”
Prior to back-to-back victories over fellow strugglers Armthorpe Welfare and Parkgate, Rail had gone 10 matches without a victory.
“There’s definitely been an improvement,” Beesley continued.
“We still look like conceding goals, but we are creating plenty of chances now.
“We should have been two or three up at half-time at Retford. In the end, we were 2-1 up away from home with just a few minutes to go and you’ve got to be strong and see the game out.
“It’s two points dropped and it feels like we’ve got beat, but having said that we’ve taken seven points from the last nine now, and that is pleasing.”
Rail were the better side in the first period on Tuesday evening, twice seeing the ball cleared off the Retford goalline, while the home gloveman was much the busier of the two keepers.
Despite this, the visitors still fell behind when James Done netted for Retford in fortuitous fashion.
His 27th-minute right-wing free-kick sailed over everyone and hit the top of the far post before dropping into the net.
Beesley ensured that his team weren’t behind for long however, the player-boss powering home a header to tie the scores just before the half-hour mark.
Retford were much improved after the interval and could have gone back ahead but for a pair of good saves from Ben Ledger in the Railway goal.
Having soaked up the home pressure, Beesley’s troops went ahead for the first time in the 80th minute when Chris Ovington ran through to net a fine solo effort.
The visitors remained in front until the 90th minute when Done struck again to earn the Badgers a share of the spoils.