Harrogate Railway 1-2 Ossett Town: Low key Railway lose out in derby

Harrogate Railway striker Dan Barrett scored their goal in the second half (Photo: Caught Light Photography)
Harrogate Railway striker Dan Barrett scored their goal in the second half (Photo: Caught Light Photography)

Harrogate Railway 1-2 Ossett Town

Ossett Town completed a double over already relegated Harrogate Railway in a low-key affair at Station View on Monday.

In their final home match of the season, Railway were poor in the opening 45 minutes and conceded the lead when Alex Mackie's strike took a devilish bounce over keeper Chandler Hallwood.

Josh Schofield doubled the Ossett lead six minutes into the second half before substitute Dan Barrett halved the deficit with a classy finish.

Despite pressing for a late equaliser, it was Ossett that had the best opportunity to extend their advantage in the closing minutes as Mackie crashed a first-time shot onto the underside of the bar.

The two sides have been in a match-play situation at the bottom of the Evo-Stik over the final months of the season and it has been a game which Ossett won at a canter.

The West Yorkshire side's victory over New Mills last Thursday confirmed Railway's drop into the Northern Counties East League and has been part of a run of five wins in seven matches for Grant Black's side.

Ossett showed why they were remaining in Evo-Stik First Division North in the opening half with Danny Frost and Schofield both flashing shots narrowly wide from distance.

Schofield should have done better when he escaped the attentions of the Railway defence, too, but his volleyed was held well by home goalkeeper Chandler Hallwood.

Mackie's goal arrived in the 34th minute of the half out of very little. The midfielder struck a half-volley from outside the box which bounced horridly and over the dive of Hallwood.

Railway's best chance of the first half came from a neat interchange on the left-wing, where Lawrance Hunter's low, teasing cross was blasted over by George Mason at the back post.

Nathan Curtis brought a save out of Ossett 'keeper Thomas Beaurepaire with a stinging strike soon after the restart but the visitors carved out the crucial second soon after.

From a left wing cross, Schofield found himself in the right place to fire into the corner, leaving Hallwood with no chance.

Railway resorted to counter-attacking with the pace of Chris Ovington, Curtis and Barrett on his introduction but they created little until the latter stole in behind to lash home his seventh of the season.

Mackie was unlucky not to add a second to his tally when striking a seemingly perfect shot towards the top corner with ten minutes to go, However, the crossbar came to Railway's rescue and the ball bounced away from the goalline.

Neither goalkeeper had much left to do in the final moments as Ossett rose up to 18th place and left Railway lagging behind on 26 points.