Harrogate Railway recruit new stars before Prescot Cables and Burscough

NADV 1403153AM9 Fatlum Ibrahimi Harrogate Railway. (1403153AM9)
NADV 1403153AM9 Fatlum Ibrahimi Harrogate Railway. (1403153AM9)

Harrogate Railway fell to a fifth straight defeat on Saturday but boss Billy Miller believes two new recruits could help turn their fortunes around.

Ahead of today’s transfer deadline, Miller was poised to sign former Harrogate Town loaner and ex-Bradford City youngster Adam Baker, as well as Malachi Farquharson of Albion Sports.

Both players are at the Brian Deane Academy with Joel Dixon, Peter Crook and Alex Metcalfe, and both are expected to feature in Saturday’s trip to struggling Prescot Cables, and Monday’s hosting of Burscough (7.45pm)

“Adam can play upfront or on the wing, and Malachi can play upfront or midfield, and both should be available to us for Saturday and Monday,” said Miller.

“It’ll give us that bit extra.”

It’s a timely boost Railway could certainly benefit from, particularly as Greg Kidd and Lawrence Hunter will both miss this weekend through unavailability and injury, while Jon Maloney’s achilles makes him a doubt.

“We don’t want to risk Jon, he’s had a great season and we don’t want him out long term,” said Miller.

“Looking at the next two games, we should be getting six from six. But I’ve learned you can’t take anything for granted. Teams can look dead and buried and then can turn things around.

“But we’ve got nothing to lose, we’ve cemented our place for this season and got a good foundation to build on. This is a chance to experiment and try a few things.”

Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Mossley was a crushing disappointment for Railway but the gaffer is staying upbeat.

Railway have dropped to 16th but Miller believes the end of the season presents an opportunity to try a few new things and inch a few places up the EvoStik First Division North.

“Spirits are still good, things just didn’t go our way on Saturday,” said Miller.

“We outplayed Mossley on a difficult mudbath of a surface, created a lot of chances, but we had a mix-up between the centre half and the keeper and young Wayne Wellbeck scored four minutes into the second half and then got another. It was a shame.”