Weekend preview: Rail boss hoping to return

Harrogate Railway player-boss Paul Beesley. Picture: Caught Light Photography
Harrogate Railway player-boss Paul Beesley. Picture: Caught Light Photography

Harrogate Railway Athletic manager Paul Beesley is hoping to be back in the dugout for Saturday’s trip to Thackley.

The player-boss was absent from his side’s midweek defeat to Bridlington Town due to a concussion sustained at work.

He is aiming to be back pitchside on Saturday, but does not expect to return in a playing capacity immediately.

“I’ve got to be careful, but I’m very keen to get to Thackley. I don’t want to miss another game,” he said.

“I banged my head at work on Monday and ended up with delayed concussion. On top of that I’ve also got flu, so I’m not feeling great, but hopefully I’ll have improved by the weekend.”

Reflecting on his side’s recent defeats to Charnock Richard and Bridlington Town, he added: “We did alright in the first half on Saturday but didn’t start the second properly and that has cost us.

“Against Brid, individual errors have killed us. We have a lot of things we have to work on and put right.”

The men from Station View are without a win in eight games in all competitions and will have their work cut-out in West Yorkshire when they tackle the NCEL Premier Division’s third-placed team.

Harrogate Town travel to National League North rivals FC United of Manchester in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Simon Weaver’s men make the trip west in confident mood on the back of a four-game unbeaten run. They also know what it takes to beat their hosts, having recorded a 3-1 league victory over them in early September.

A total of £7,500 in prize money awaits the winners of the clash, which kicks off at Broadhust Park at 3pm.

In Evo-Stik Division One North, Tadcaster Albion travel to Bamber Bridge looking to secure a third consecutive win following triumphs over Radcliffe Borough and Glossop North End in the last week.

Billy Miller’s troops currently sit sixth in the league standings, and three points from their showdown in Lancashire could see them leapfrog Bridge into third.

In-form Knaresborough Town have the opportunity to go top of NCEL Division One when they entertain Grimsby Borough.

Paul Stansfield’s side are level on points with leaders Penistone and second-placed Winterton Rangers, but find themselves third on goal difference.

They are unbeaten in five games and have won three of their last four fixtures, including a 2-0 success at Westella & Willerby on Wednesday night.

First-half strikes from Blaine Hobson and Tom Hesketh sealed a second away victory in a week following a 4-1 triumph on the road at Brigg Town last weekend.

“I’m not too concerned about the league table at this stage, it’s still early days,” boss Stansfield said.

“The most important thing is that we are going out and performing on the pitch and that is exactly what the lads have been doing for most of this season.

“If we keep performance levels high then I don’t think we’ll go far wrong.”