Railway hunt for replacement pre-season clash

hsb  Railway Athletic Manager Billy Miller.  (120604M1b)
hsb Railway Athletic Manager Billy Miller. (120604M1b)

Harrogate Railway are searching for a replacement pre-season friendly opponent after the FA Cup draw created a fixture clash.

Railway have cancelled their pre-season clash with West Auckland Town on Saturday, July 27 as the pair could meet in cup qualifying.

Should West Auckland make it past Tow Law Town, they will play Railway in the FA Cup preliminary round at Station View on August 31.

The winners of that clash would then travel to Whitby Town in the first round qualifying September 14.

Railway manager Billy Miller said he wanted his players to use pre-season solely to get miles in their legs.

“It’ll just be a blow out, an opportunity to get the lads playing,” he said.

Railway were also handed a trip to Wakefield in the FA Trophy preliminary round, to be played on October 5.

Miller confirmed talented winger Josh Windass has returned to fitness after suffering a dislocated arm at the end of last season.

Windass missed five weeks of last season when he was on trial for Manchester City but Miller expects the son of Hull City legend Dean to excel in the coming season.

He said: “He’s fearless when he plays.

“We haven’t seen enough of him.

Meanwhile, Railway have teamed up with Harrogate Town to offer 16-18 year-olds the opportunity to gain a Level One coaching award.

The free course will take place at Askham Bryan College, York with transport provided.