Railway players kept in dressing room after Bottesford defeat

Disappointed: Harrogate Railway boss Paul Beesley
Disappointed: Harrogate Railway boss Paul Beesley
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Harrogate Railway boss Paul Beesley held a dressing room inquest following his side’s home defeat to Bottesford Town.

The Locomotives slipped to their third straight NCEL Premier Division loss when they went down 2-0 at Station View on Saturday.

And in the wake of a performance that he described as “not good enough”, player-manager Beesley felt the need to address his side’s shortcomings.

“We just didn’t turn up on the day and so I kept the players in the dressing room longer than I ever have done before,” he revealed.

“Words were said. The lads have got to be much better than they were on Saturday and they now know this after our conversation.

“We should be beating teams like Bottesford at home, so I was left very disappointed by the performance.

“I had a poor game myself, we all did, and collectively we have to improve.”

Railway fell behind with 27 minutes gone when Josh Nichol fired home a loose ball from a tight angle following a save by home stopper Ben Ledger.

Bottesford’s second of the afternoon arrived just before the interval, Paul Grimes netting after reacting first to another block by Ledger.

The timing of the goal saw Rail concede in first-half stoppage time for the third match in succession.

“Both of Bottesford’s goals were soft and both have come from us not following up after our goalkeeper has made a save,” Beesley added.

“We’ve also conceded at a really bad time again. We’re not learning from our mistakes.

“We want to finish as high as we can this season as we look to build for 2017/18, so we need to start picking up results again.

“We go to Albion Sports on Wednesday and I’m looking for a reaction. They’re flying high in this division so obviously it will be very difficult to get a result there, but I think that on our day we can beat anyone in this league.”