Railway hope to end ‘nightmare’ at Ossett Albion

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hsb Railway Athletic v Bamber Bridge. Number 9. (111112M3a)

ASSISTANT coach Mick Norbury summed up the fortunes of Harrogate Railway this week in two words: ‘a nightmare.’

The Station View outfit crashed to a 2-0 defeat at home to Bamber Bridge on Saturday, before slumping to a 3-0 reverse away at Farsley FC on Tuesday.

The side were boosted by former Ossett Town goal machine Danny Toronczak and Paul Beesley’s temporary return on loan from Harrogate Town, but the pair failed to make an impact as Rail’ finished goalless across 180 minutes, apart from Dan Thirkell’s own goal at Bamber.

“One month you’re playing well, tenth in the league, and then the next you’re down to 18th and can’t buy a win - it’s been a nightmare,” said Norbury.

“Me and (head coach) Nige Danby can’t put our finger on it. We’re just not creating chances. We’ve had problems before with creating chances and not scoring, but now we’re not creating those chances and getting the ball into the box.

“Danny T and Beesley are two great strikers but their job is to score goals and they’ve not had the service.”

For Norbury, Railway simply have to pull their socks up tomorrow at Ossett Albion (3pm), who sit rock-bottom of the Evo-Stik First Division North.

They then host Radcliffe Borough on Tuesday night (7.45pm).

Rail’ will be without the services of midfield marshal Liam Gray, who limped off against Farsley, but hope to welcome back striker Simon Parkes from injury soon, although it’s unlikley to be this weekend.

“Ossett Albion sent four or five of their lads to watch us at Farsley on Tuesday,” said Norbury.

“After about 50 minutes, they left and they were laughing. This is a side who haven’t won a game all season and they were laughing at us. That’s how bad we were. An embarrassment.

“We created two crosses and one shot at goal over 90 minutes. At this level it’s just not enough and you get punished.”