Ashforth admits job is on line as Harrogate Railway prepare for start of NCEL campaign

Lee Ashforth (Photo: Caught Light Photography)
Lee Ashforth (Photo: Caught Light Photography)

Harrogate Railway must get off to a fast start to save Lee Ashforth's job, according to the boss himself.

Ashforth kept his position in charge at Station View despite leading the team to relegation from the Evo-Stik First Division North last season.

Rob Northfield is back as Harrogate Railway chairman (Photo: Caught Light Photographer)

Rob Northfield is back as Harrogate Railway chairman (Photo: Caught Light Photographer)

The Starbeck club will now embark on a campaign in the NCEL Premier where the manager insists the aim will be to achieve an immediate bounce back.

Ahead of the season opening FA Cup tie against Albion Sports on Saturday, Ashforth said Railway were ready to make up for lost time last year.

The boss said: “Everybody knows I am under pressure to do well. That's fine because the club have backed me, but they can only back me for so long.

“Realistically we need to have a successful season. If we don't, I won't be there come the end of it.”

Ashforth has added the son of Bradford City and Barnsley legend John Henrie, Jordan, to his squad.

The versatile full-back, who can play on either side, could make his debut on Saturday, ironically against the side he featured last season for.

His father also played for Newcastle United and Middlesbrough and scored a famous goal against Manchester United in the FA Cup when at Barnsley.