Everything at stake for Rail’ against Wakefield

hsb  Railway Athletic v Curzon Ashton. Jon Maloney.    (120407M5e)
hsb Railway Athletic v Curzon Ashton. Jon Maloney. (120407M5e)

HARROGATE RAILWAY joint manager Denis Metcalf has called on the Station View die-hards to get behind their team tomorrow in their must-win at home to Wakefield (3pm ko).

Third bottom welcomes second bottom with just two points separating the Yorkshire rivals.

A victory will go a long way to securing Rail’s status in the Evo-Stik First Division North, and Metcalf is desperate for it to happen. They then host AFCFarsley on Tuesday (7.45pm)

On Saturday Railway drew 3-3 with Curzon Ashton, before Monday’s 4-1 defeat at Durham.

“The boys will be up for it and will be giving it a 100 per cent,” he said.

“It really is a massive, must-win for us. You look at Wakefield’s last three games, they’ve played Curzon Ashton, Fylde and Farsley, and all three have been close games.”

Rail’ have also seen a turnaround after the departure of boss Nige Danby.

Metcalf, along with Alan Parkes and Bob Moffat, have instilled fresh confidence into the side, who were staring relegation in the face.

He hopes they can get the points they need in the last three games to stay in the division.

“We’ve changed the game plan in the last few games,” continued Metcalf.

“Ok at Durham it didn’t work but against Curzon I thought we were excellent. It’s always going to be tough with the pressure surrounding them, but we’ve told the lads to go out and enjoy it.

“We were excellent against Curzon and really unlucky not to get a victory.

“It’s a joint management team with me Alan Parkes and Bob Moffat, we’re all working really well off each other. And the lads, there’s a lot of unity there, the team spirit it excellent.

“When we came in we’d gone 11 games without a win. It did look like we were going down.

“But it’s changed round now, fingers crossed we can stay up.”

On Saturday Rail’ were unlucky not to get a win at home to Curzon. After losing the lead, Colin Hunter (7) and Jon Maloney (12) and Liam Gray (22) put them 3-1 up.

Ashton got one back before the break.

Then Rail’ went down to ten men when Gray was red carded early in the second half.

Despite the extra man Curzon couldn’t find a way through Rail’s steely defence.

But in the fourth minute of injury time they did through Simon Woodford.

Rail’ had the final say when Jack Fisher was clean through but the assistant flagged for offside.

Bottom 3 Evo-Stik North pld pts

Harrogate Railway 39 31

Wakefield FC 39 29

Cammell Laird 39 24