Miller happy for rivals to underestimate Railway

Harrogate Railway v Salford.  The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - First Division North.'17 August 2013.  Picture Bruce Rollinson'Salford's Aaron Walters gets the ball away from Jesus Martin-Farina
Harrogate Railway v Salford. The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - First Division North.'17 August 2013. Picture Bruce Rollinson'Salford's Aaron Walters gets the ball away from Jesus Martin-Farina
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Evo-Stik teams are underestimating Harrogate Railway and long may it continue, says boss Billy Miller.

With four games gone in the Northern Premier First Division North, Railway lie eighth having earned seven points.

Miller oversaw two victories over the Bank Holiday as his side shocked last season’s runners up Cammell Laird 4-2 on Saturday before beating Wakefield 2-0 on Monday.

Railway hunt FA Cup success this weekend as they welcome Northern League side West Auckland Town at Station View.

“We have got off to a great start,” said Miller.

“I hope teams keep coming here and underestimating us. Psychologically, teams are thinking they are better than us,

“But I am happy with that the longer it goes on the more we will win.”

But, despite his side’s strong form, Miller is wary of the threat the lower league side will possess on Saturday.

Miller said: “It is going to be a difficult one.

“We always seem to get paired with teams in the Northern League and there’s a lot of money floating around up there.

“The teams in there could compete in our league. It will be up there with the hardest games we will have this year.

“I expect them to be well organised and have a lot of flair in midfield.”

Harrogate Town loanees Peter Crook, Sam Jones and Paul Beesley are unlikely to play in the cup clash to prevent being cup-tied.

Assistant boss Lee Ashworth will start in goal to replace the impressive Crook.

Miller is also close to signing a winger who he hopes will be available.

Dan Thirkill and Jesus slotted home goals against Wakefield on Monday as Railway grabbed their seventh point from their first four games.

At Laird, goals from Nathan Cartman and Beesley put Railway ahead in the first period before the home side pulled one back.

Jesus returned the two goal advantage before last year’s high fliers set up a grandstand finish.

But Col Hunter settled any nerves with a neat injury time finish.

“At the start of the season we looked at the start and thought it would be hard. But we have only had one defeat in four,” added Miller.

“This time last year we had conceded 14 goals, this year we have let in four.

“Now we are in the top half we don’t want to come out of it.

“We have a really difficult month coming up and it won’t be easy. But we have to take strength that we have got off to a great start.”