Frustration for Railwaymen as Maltby snatch a point

Nathan James in action for Harrogate Railway against Maltby Main. Picture: Adrian Murray
Nathan James in action for Harrogate Railway against Maltby Main. Picture: Adrian Murray

Harrogate Railway were denied a morale-boosting victory in their battle to beat the drop when they conceded late on against Maltby Main on Monday evening.

The Starbeck club came from behind to take a 2-1 lead against their visitors, but then conceded in the 82nd minute and had to settle for a point from an encounter that manager Marlon Adams feels they should have won.

“We battered them for 90 minutes and should’ve been out of sight before they got their second goal, but it wasn’t to be,” he reflected.

“This was probably our best performance since I’ve been at the club but individual errors have cost us once again.

“It’s frustrating because we’re near the bottom of the league and we could have had six points from the last couple of fixtures but we’ve ended up with just two.

“These are the types of games we were losing up until recently, and we are playing better, so there are positives to take, but we’re in danger of being relegated and time is running out. Good performances won’t keep us up, we need to be winning matches.”

Maltby, fifth in the NCEL Premier Division table, took a 14th-minute lead at Station View when a cross into the box was only half-cleared and Ross Duggan was able to fire home the opening goal through a sea of bodies.

Railway pushed hard for an equaliser and winger Curtis McMahon shot over and then straight at the Main goalkeeper before the hosts saw a number of efforts blocked in a goal-mouth scramble and a header from a corner come back off the cross-bar.

Four minutes into the second period, Adams’ men did however get their reward. McMahon’s free-kick was headed goalwards by Declan Greene and eventually found its way into the back of the net.

Duggan continued to look a threat at the other end for Maltby, but it was Railway who grabbed the next goal as young left-back Taylor Foley capped an impressive display with a fine header from Nathan James’ 74th-minute cross.

Unfortunately for Adams, his side couldn’t hold onto their lead and after they needlessly gave away a free-kick deep in their own territory, Brad Morton was able to head home and earn Main a share of the spoils.

Next up for the Rail is a third consecutive home fixture in five days as Penistone Church pay a visit on Wednesday, 7.45pm kick-off.