Harrogate Railway fighting to the end in relegation battle

Lee Ashforth (Photo: Caught Light Photography)
Lee Ashforth (Photo: Caught Light Photography)

Harrogate Railway boss Lee Ashforth insists his side will keep fighting until the mathematics turn impossible ahead of a crucial final month.

Railway enter April four points adrift of survival having only picked up four wins in a desperate season in Evo-Stik First Division North.

Ashforth’s men meet third bottom Ossett Town away this Saturday for the first of two encounters against their relegation rivals over the next 20 days.

A pivotal match against bottom side New Mills is also scheduled for April 9 and Ashforth knows all three clashes are “must win” games.

On the weekend trip to Ossett, Ashforth said: "It will be an awful game from my point of view.

"It’s a game that we must win, there’s no doubt about that. A draw would not be good enough.

"We have to beat Ossett Town twice to give ourselves the best chance of staying up.

"If we get a point, it won’t be the end of the world but we certainly can’t afford to lose.For the past two months, every one has said the same thing that it will build up to the two Ossett games.

"That’s the way it’s looking. I hope everyone else enjoys it but I will be glad when it gets to 5pm."

Ossett have three games in hand and a four-point advantage on Ashforth’s men but the gaffer remains defiant that his side can overhaul the gap.

Ashforth said: “We will believe until it’s mathematically impossible. At the moment we are still in it.

“Ossett Town will be looking over their shoulder and knowing they can’t afford a defeat next week.

“The lads certainly haven’t lost any attitude or belief that they are going to stay in this division.”

The boss is likely to have Paul Beesley fit after missing Monday’s 1-1 draw against Farsley Celtic.

The striker scored in Saturday’s 5-3 defeat at Mossley, when Railway conceded three goals in injury-time.