Railway’s FA Cup dream still alive as 10 men take Kendal to a replay

Railway's Dan McDdaid looks for a way though the Kendal Town defence during Saturday's FA Cup clash at Station View. Picture: Adrian Murray

Harrogate Railway held Kendal Town to a 1-1 draw in Saturday’s FA Cup preliminary round clash at Station View, despite playing a third of the game with just 10 men.

Elliott Williams netted his fifth goal of the campaign to fire the Starbeck side into a first-half lead, but player-boss Liam Gray was sent off on the hour-mark and the visitors hit back to level the scores in the 71st minute.

Yet, despite the fact that Town play their football a tier above the Railwaymen in Evo-Stik Division One North, Gray is backing his side to go on and win Tuesday night’s replay at the Pye Motors Stadium.

“The lads were brilliant on Saturday and I dare say that had I stayed on the pitch we would have gone on and won the game, however, we know we can go to Kendal and finish the job,” he said.

“We’ll take a 1-1 draw with 10 men against a team from the division above, but I think we can beat them if we play as well as we did at the weekend.

“There were excellent performances all over the pitch, the only disappointment on the day was me because I got sent off.

“I don’t think that my first booking was ever a yellow card, but I am still disappointed in myself.”

Williams moved Railway in front after half an hour when he slotted home from close range after the Kendal goalkeeper had parried Nathan James’ header on to the crossbar.

The hosts remained the better side until Gray’s dismissal - his side’s third red card in as many games - and Town eventually capitalised on their numerical advantage, Paul Dawson nodding home at the back post to restore parity.

Gray singled out the experienced James as his side’s man of the match following a fine display on the left wing.

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