Harrogate Railway sign three ahead of NCEL campaign

Danny Stimpson left Tadcaster Albion last season
Danny Stimpson left Tadcaster Albion last season

Harrogate Railway have signed three new players in their attempt to secure an immediate rise back into the Evo-Stik Northern League.

Defender Danny Stimpson will add experience to Lee Ashforth's back line while Farsley Celtic back-up keeper Jake Lofthouse has signed on dual registration terms.

Grep Porter has previously played for Brighouse Town

Grep Porter has previously played for Brighouse Town

Ashforth has also revealed the signature of former Brighouse Town and Nostell Miners Welfare utility man Gregg Porter.

Former Harrogate Town and Tadcaster Albion player Stimpson approached the Railway boss over the prospect of a move to Station View last season but the move collapsed and he went to Pontefract Collieries.

“He's a top signing,” said Ashforth.

“He has the leadership qualities that we need especially with Dan Thirkell leaving.”

The goalkeeper position was a problem area as Railway were relegated into the Northern Counties East League Premier Division last season.

Ashforth, a stopper himself, used four men between the sticks throughout the campaign before settling on Bradford City youngster Chandler Hallwood.

With Hallwood still seeking a professional contract, Railway have opted to plump with another ex-Bantams keeper in Lofthouse.

Ashforth was approached by Farsley boss Neil Parsley at the end of last season to provide Lofthouse with first team experience.

“He is a massive signing for us because he should be playing in the Evo-Stik with a good side,” Ashforth said.

“It's important we nurture him. He will come here with no pressure and he will be able to just enjoy his football.”

Railway play their first pre-season match of the summer at home to Darlington 1883 on Tuesday night.

Former players Liam Hardy, Nathan Cartman, Matty Lovegreen, Lewis Nightingale and Amar Purewal are all expected to feature for Darlington as well as former Harrogate Town midfielder Adam Nowakowski.