Railway belief can carry club forward - Miller

NADV 1208189 Harrogate Railway V New Mills. Nathan Cartman (1208189AM3)
NADV 1208189 Harrogate Railway V New Mills. Nathan Cartman (1208189AM3)

Harrogate Railway manager Billy Miller insists his side are ready to begin the year with a bang, by bagging six vital Evo-Stik First Division points.

Railway travel to Ossett Town on Saturday, before Farsley FC come to Station View on New Years Day (3pm kick-offs).

The boss is certain the correct approach can ensure Railway secure the points.

He said: “We can collect points early in the year by approaching matches with the right attitude.

“We saw that in the matches before Christmas, and the players are ready to perform.”

The manager looked ahead to this week’s matches, after Saturday’s home tie against Bamber Bridge was postponed.

He said: “What a season Ossett Town are having under manager Craig Elliott.

“He came from the NCEL like us, he is working hard wand we know to expect a difficult match.”

Farsley FC enjoyed a winning run in November, and Miller is urging his side to step up to the task of taking on a club pushing for promotion.

He said: “We have a lot of fixtures over the new year but we have to approach the Farsley game in the right way.

“We can review it afterwards, but we must test them.

“There are six points available from these games, and I think if we get half of them we will have done well.

“If we don’t, then we will have to have a look back and change things around.”

The manager has received letters from students in the American college system looking for a club in the UK in which to hone their skills.

The manager is hopeful a few of these students could find a place in the Railway tanks in 2013.

The manager is also firming up deals for Dean Windass’ son Josh and Harrogate bartender Jesus.

Miller said: “Josh is training with us, and we will take it from there.

Miller says the overall plan for the club to stabilise over the season remains in place, but he is hopeful some good results early in the year can inspire the side to surge up the table.

He said: “I think it is very easy to forget where the club was recently. Railway should have gone down last season, but got a reprieve.

“From that point of view, we set ourselves a target of getting one point a game this season.”

The manager continued: “One point a game would give us the 40 we reckon we need to stay in the division, and the initial plan is to stabilise and stay in the league.

“That gets us to a position where we can cope and we can all go on and build from there.”

Railway have had mixed league results this season, but the manager is pleased with their progress, which sees the club approaching the mid-table spots.

He said: “It all takes time, I am really pleased with the progress we have made.”