Railway boss: Scarborough Athletic and Darlington 1883’s arrival adds pressure

Harrogate Railway in action
Harrogate Railway in action

Harrogate Railway manager Billy Miller believes the promotion of Scarborough Athletic and Darlington 1883 to Evo-Stik Division One will boost the club financially.

Scarborough Athletic finally escaped from the Northern Counties East League as they ended the season with 99 points at the weekend.

Darlington have stormed to the Northern League title winning 39 of their 45 games so far with one match at home to Guisborough Town left tonight (Wednesday).

Athletic averaged 447 supporters a match this season where as Darlington’s attendances have averaged more than 1,000.

And Miller, a former academy coach at Darlington FC when they were in League Two, predicted foot flow through the gates would rocket next year.

He said: “If we catch them when they are in good form, financially that will be massive for us.

“If you look at the Northern Counties attendances, Scarborough probably have the top 10 and they average 400 plus.

“It is great to have these two sides in the league but it adds pressure. They are not going to be bad sides fighting at the bottom.

“It is going to be even harder next season. But we will give a good account of ourselves.”

Miller said he would be looking to add some physical presence into his side but the bulk of his squad would remain the same.

“We are not going to stop playing football,” he said. “The lads we have got in at the moment are fine.

“But we have got to look at over the summer what type of person would improve the squad and what we have got.

“We might look at a hard working centre midfielder or an aggressive centre-half.”

Read the Harrogate Advertiser from Thursday for more from Miller.