Harrogate Railway 1-1 Farsley Celtic
Chris Ovington’s second half equaliser earned a battling point for Harrogate Railway in their Easter Monday clash at home to Farsley Celtic.
Ovington seized on a woeful back-pass midway through the second period to slot home his fifth goal of the campaign and breath life into Railway’s survival challenge.
Farsley had dominated the majority of the first half and deservedly took an advantage into the break when Aiden Savory turned neatly and slotted home.
Railway, sat second bottom in Evo-Stik First Division North, showed greater vigour after the break and Ovington’s equaliser closed the gap to relegation rivals Ossett Town down to four points ahead of Saturday’s crunch meeting between the sides.
Ovington could have given Railway a dream start in the opening ten minutes when he found himself free on the left channel but his lashed effort goalwards was saved by Farsley’s Tom Taylor.
From there on, Farsley were the better side in the opening half with Lewis Nightingale at the forefront of their play.
The talented winger had the best chances of the first 30 minutes but he shot tamely at Railway ‘keeper Chandler Hallwood before scooping over from six yards.
The opener arrived on 36 minutes, with Railway seemingly barricaded in to their own half. After a waves of pressure from the visitors, Savory showed a neat piece of footwork in the box before slotting home into the corner.
Amar Purewal had been left isolated up front for large parts of the first half but Railway returned from the dressing room with clear instruction to play higher up the field.
Out of nothing came the equaliser as Celtic right back Aaron Hardy only found Ovington with a poor backpass and the former Ossett Town striker kept his composure to tuck past Taylor.
Young goalkeeper Hallwood has become accustomed to pulling off heroic saves in the Railway goal of late and the Bradford City academy player showed his promise again to deny Savory a fabulous second with his fingertips.
Purewal then forced Taylor into an excellent save at the other end as he attempted to curl the ball home from the edge of the box, moments after Harry Coates appealed for a soft penalty.
In the final ten minutes, Farsley had two chances to leave Railway reeling but were denied by the impressive Hallwood and then the post.
Substitute Robbie O’Brien’s mis-hit shot spiralled towards the top corner but Hallwoof flung to his left to keep it out. As the ball returned to the area, Savory shot goalwards but the effort clipped the outside of the far post.
Railway had one final flurry to secure a much-needed win but Lawrance Hunter’s injury-time corner evaded everyone in the box.
Harrogate Railway: Hallwood, Parkes, Hunter, Low, Lovegreen, Thirkell, Peers, Coates, Purewal, Ovington (Youhill 66), Curtis
Subs not used: Barrett, Bromley, Clamp, Mellor
Goals: Ovington 53
Farsley Celtic: Taylor, Hardy, Grant (Knowles 60), Howarth (O’Brien 61), Miller, Clayton, Nightingale, Daly, Walker, Savory, Deacey
Subs not used: Lofthouse, Bunch, Sugden
Goals: Savory 36
Referee: J Suchecki