Evo-Stik: Baker cashes in for Railway with four Bank Holiday strikes
Cheerful Billy Miller declared that Harrogate Railway had returned to their free-flowing best after two thumping victories.
Adam Baker led Railway to earn maximum points over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend with four goals in the space of 72 hours.
Miller’s over-achieving Station View outfit thumped Burscough in a four-goal demolition on Saturday, before repeating the trick to dismantle Northerners Spennymoor Town 3-1 on Monday afternoon.
“We were back to our best again,” Miller proclaimed.
“People said we wouldn’t be able to score when Cartman left, but again, we have proven that we can, with seven goals in two games.
“And we didn’t just beat them, we coped with their threats and then played them off the park.”
Burscough had gone in Saturday’s fixture searching for a third straight victory but they were soon blown away by Railway’s attack-minded approach.
Malachi Farquharson profited from a fine Vincent Dhesi run to fire Railway into the lead before Matt Heath lashed in a second before half-time, with his shot striking the underside of the bar.
The second half soon became the Baker show, with the winger twice capping strong surges forward in the final ten minutes with the sight of the ball hitting the net.
The former Bradford City youth struck first against Spennymoor before Heath doubled the lead and his own weekend tally short of half-time.
A thunderous strike from Baker wrapped up the points but Spennymoor ruined hopes of a second clean sheet in injury time.
The victories took Miller’s merrymen up to 62 points for the season, surpassing another of the manager’s targets.
The ninth-placed side host relegation threatened Radcliffe Borough on Saturday. And Miller urged his side to avenge the defeat away earlier in the season, which his men conceded three late goals to let slip a 3-1 lead.
Miller has used that defeat as a motivator throughout the campaign, and he insists the visitors to Station View won’t be underestimated.
He added: “It’s hard to play against a team at the bottom because they are fighting for everything.
“But if we play as well as we did on Monday, we are more than capable of getting everything out of the game.“