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Davey pleased by Railway reaction to early setbacks

Harrogate Railway's Craig Tonkinson in action against Barnoldswick. Picture: Adrian Murray
Harrogate Railway's Craig Tonkinson in action against Barnoldswick. Picture: Adrian Murray

Harrogate Railway boss Brian Davey said he was pleased by his players’ response to falling three goals behind inside the opening 10 minutes of Saturday’s friendly defeat to Barnoldswick Town.

The Starbeck club rallied and went on to dominate the second period, missing a host of chances before Sean Hunter eventually pulled a goal back late on.

With Railway pushing numbers forward at the death, the North West Counties League Premier Division outfit managed to nick a fourth goal on the break and seal a 4-1 success, but Davey was not too disheartened by the final score.

“Barnoldswick had a bit too much for us to be honest, they’re a good team, but the first 10 minutes aside I thought that we did okay,” he reflected.

“It was three mistakes that cost us the goals and there isn’t a great deal you can do about that.

“We’ve still got a lot of players on holiday and had to field a number of our younger lads, plus we lost Matty Duerden and Joel Freeston to injury early on, which didn’t help.

“We started to play a bit towards the end of the first half, but once we got them in at the break and changed a few things and spoke to the players about what we needed to do we got a great response.

“We were like a different side in the second half and created a lot of good chances to get back in the game.”

Railway contest their penultimate fixture of pre-season on Thursday evening when they entertain West Yorkshire League side Headingley, 7.45pm kick-off.

Davey’s troops then hosts Leeds City on Saturday (3pm) before kicking off their NCEL Premier Division campaign on the road at Maltby Main on August 4.