Defensive frailties prove costly as Railwaymen lose again

Harrogate Railway's Elliott Williams in action against Bottesford. Picture: Adrian Murray

A leaky defence once again proved Harrogate Railway’s undoing as they slipped to another NCEL Premier Division defeat, this time at the hands of Bottesford Town.

Liam Gray’s side have netted 13 times in their last four outings, but have won just one of those games due to the fact that they have conceded 15 times at the other end.

And having gone down 3-2 at home to Barton Town Old Boys in midweek, the Railwaymen were beaten by the same scoreline at Station View on Saturday, their sixth loss in eight league matches this season.

Wayne Graves gave the visitors the lead six minutes before half-time when the home defence failed to clear their lines, but Adam Carter fired in off a post to restore parity two minutes into the second period.

In-form striker Mendes Dionisio then netted his fifth goal of the campaign with 66 minutes on the clock, glancing home Dan McDaid’s ball into the box to put Railway into the lead.

Gray’s charges were however only in the ascendancy for nine minutes, Declan Bacon netting at the back post for 2-2.

Bacon then snatched the points for Bottesford in the 85th minute with a fine finish, despite appeals from the home players for a foul in the build-up to the goal.

Next up for the Rail is another home game, with Parkgate the visitors to Station View on Wednesday, 7.45pm kick-off.

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