First-half blitz fires Railway to emphatic home victory

Dionisio Mendes bagged a brace against Rainworth. Picture: Caught Light Photography

Four goals in the space of 22 first-half minutes fired Harrogate Railway to an emphatic 4-1 success over Rainworth Miners Welfare in the NCEL Premier Division.

Liam Gray’s side went into Saturday’s fixture at Station View without a victory in their previous five outings, but secured a result that their manager felt had been on the cards for some time.

“Our lads were fantastic, they did really, really well, but this result’s been coming,” Gray reflected.

“The last four or five games, the results haven’t been there but the performances have been getting better and better.

“Rainworth are a quality, quality team, but the first 45 minutes everything clicked and it was game over by half-time.”

Former Guinea-Bissau international Dionisio Mendes headed the Railwaymen into a fifth-minute lead when he got on the end of George Eustance’s cross.

Jason Price then netted his second goal in as many games, applying the finishing touch after Mendes had outstripped a visiting defender and squared the ball to him.

Mendes nodded in number three from a Jordan Hendrie free-kick with 24 minutes on the clock and Nathan James took the score to 4-0 moments later when he capitalised on a mix-up in the Rainworth defence.

The game was over as a contest long before the interval, and although the visitors produced an improved display in the second half, Jack Waddle’s last-gasp consolation strike was all they had to show for their efforts.

Next up for the Rail is a trip to Worksop Town on Wednesday evening, 7.45pm kick-off.

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