Harrogate Railway bring in former Selby Town striker Tom Owen

Harrogate Railway
Harrogate Railway

Harrogate Railway have signed former York City youth player Tom Owen.

The striker will go straight into the Railway squad for this Saturday’s league match at Warrington Town.

Lee Ashforth, right, alongside assistant manager Simon Wood, who is fit to return to the Harrogate Town team (Photo: Caught Light Photography)

Lee Ashforth, right, alongside assistant manager Simon Wood, who is fit to return to the Harrogate Town team (Photo: Caught Light Photography)

Owen has represented Northern Counties East League Division One side Selby Town in recent years, scoring seven goals in the 2013/14 season.

He is also part of Brian Deane’s International Acedemy for Football Education, which is closely linked with Railway

Boss Lee Ashforth said the tall striker would give Railway “another dimension” in attack.

“He will be in the squad on Saturday and we will give him bits of games to see how he does when he comes on,” Ashforth said.

Railway will be without the injured duo Simon Parkes and Nat Pells for Warrington, who were one of the surprise packages of last season’s FA Cup.

Assistant manager Simon Wood could start his first league game in more than six months after making his return to the Railway outfit in Monday night’s 4-1 win over Glasshoughton Welfare.

Ashforth was also hopeful that defender Louis Horne would recover from a knock picked up in the FA Tropy defeat at Mossley 1-0 last week.

The Warrington clash starts a tough run of fixtures for the Station View outfit, with scheduled fixtures against high-fliers Bamber Bridge, Northwich Victoria, Scarborough Athletic and Brighouse Town all this month.

On Warrington, Ashforth said: “They got of to a slow start but I am sure now they want to push and go one and win the league this year.

“It’s a hard place to go at the best of times, over the past three ears we haven’t done very well there.

“It’s going to be hard again on Saturday, and we have five really difficult matches coming up now on the bounce.

“We have to go to each game and try pick up points and not get too downhearted if we don’t.”