Five-star Railway seal cup progress
Rejuvenated Harrogate Railway Athletic scored five goals for the second time in three games as they beat Campion in the NCEL League Cup, on Tuesday evening.
Paul Beesley’s men dominated the opening 45 minutes, aided by the sending off of Campion’s Daniel Brown..
Railway took the lead in the 24th minute through a well-taken goal by Stephen Bromley, before a shot ricocheted off player-boss Beesley, standing almost on the goalline, for the hosts’ second.
Bromley was sent flying into the air following a wreckless challenge by Brown, a foul that saw the Campion man shown a straight red.
Railway created a number of good opportunities to add to their lead, both before and after Brown’s dismissal, but had to settle for a two-goal advantage at the interval.
In the second half, Campion came out with a renewed steel about their play but still it was the home side that continued to look the most threatening.
Fraser Hansen was thwarted by a great save from the Campion goalkeeper before Rail’s third of the night arrived after 47 minutes.
Hansen was not to be denied on this occasion, following up after Bromley’s initial shot had been saved.
The game looked to be all but over, however the visitors had other ideas, and two minutes later they had reduced the deficit through an Andrew Tasker strike.
Josh Cook then notched a second for Campion, and all of a sudden Rail were faced with the prospect of being taken to extra-time by the 10 men.
The Locomotives had enough left in the tank to enable them to change gear, however, and they pressed forward and managed to get a fourth goal to make the tie safe.
Hansen netted once again, unleashing an accurate effort past the visiting gloveman with only 10 minutes left on the clock.
The lively Hansen then had a hand in Railway’s fifth and last goal of the evening.
After a direct run from midway through the Campion half, his diagonal ball was chased by both Brandon Deane, who had just come on for Bromley, and teammate Dan Barrett.
The Campion keeper tried to get across to the ball, but it was Barrett who got there first, slotting home at the far post to round off the scoring.
With four minutes remaining, there was almost time for Rail to add a sixth goal when Deane went through on goal.
This time, the away stopper was quicker off his line and won the race to the ball and the home side had to settle for a 5-2 scoreline.
“I’m happy with the result and it is pleasing to score five goals again,” boss Beesley said.
“In the first half, we played some of the best stuff I have seen since I’ve been here.
“It helped them going down to 10 men, but we’ve looked a threat all over the pitch and overall I’m a happy man.”