More players sign up as boss Davey builds new-look Railway

Joel Freeston, pictured celebrating a goal for Knaresborough Town last season, has signed for Harrogate Railway for 2018/19. Picture: Craig Dinsdale
Joel Freeston, pictured celebrating a goal for Knaresborough Town last season, has signed for Harrogate Railway for 2018/19. Picture: Craig Dinsdale

Harrogate Railway have completed the signing of a number of players as their squad for the 2018/19 campaign continues to take shape under new boss Brian Davey.

The latest to put pen to paper at Station View include ex-Garforth Town pair Luke McCrum and Sean Hunter and former Knaresborough Town duo Joel Freeston and Lewis Pye.

Central defender McCrum graduated from Knaresborough’s academy side and into their first team before transferring to NCEL Premier Division rivals Garforth.

Forward Hunter will add pace to the Railway frontline alongside Freeston, who has featured regularly for both Knaresborough’s first and reserve team in recent years.

The highly-rated Pye could line up in midfield alongside fellow new recruits Danny Blacker, formerly of Ossett Albion, and Craig Tonkinson.

Davey has gone back to his last club, West Yorkshire League outfit Knaresborough Celtic, and enticed prolific striker Edmore Murau and winger Liam Edmondson into signing terms.

Sam Nelson, Danny Powell and Pride Chikosha, all of whom have worked under Davey’s coaches Craig Ogilvie and Simon Brooker in the past, have also joined up.

Experienced ex-Knaresborough Town centre-half Matty Duerden was the first player to commit to the Rail for the upcoming season, while midfielder Fatlum Ibrahimi has returned to Starbeck after more than two years away.

The Kosovan was a regular for the Railwaymen during their Evo-Stik League days before departing the club and plying his trade with Knaresborough Town, then more recently Tadcaster Albion.

Also on their way back to the club are left-sided trio Graham Whitehead, David Ward and Simon Swales, plus attacking midfielder Andy Sunley.

At least five members of last season’s team are staying put, with Josh Underwood, Adam Carter, Michael Thompson, Ally Wilson and Fraser Lancaster all re-signing.

“I’m happy with how it’s gone so far, I’m enjoying it and we’ve got some good players committed for the new season,” the Rail chief said.

“We know it is going to be very tough in the Premier Division, but we’ll give it a good go and get this club moving forwards.”

Railway kick-off their pre-season campaign on Thursday night when they will field two sides simultaneously.

One team will visit Knaresborough Celtic (7pm), while the other are set to entertain Field AFC at Station View (7.30pm).