Miller raises Railway bar to top mid-table mini league

hsb  Railway Athletic team pic.  (140111M2b)
hsb Railway Athletic team pic. (140111M2b)

Harrogate Railway have their sights firmly set on a top ten finish, according to boss Billy Miller.

Miller initially ordered a minimum of 41 points from his squad to overcome last season’s tally.

But, with his side performing above expectations in mid-table, the gaffer has re-evaluated his aims for the season.

Railway welcome mid-table adversaries Clitheroe in Evo-Stik First Division North this Saturday.

Miller’s men lost 2-0 against former Football League side Darlington 1883 on Saturday as more than 1,000 supporters flocked to Station View. (report page 93).

Despite defeat, Miller was buoyed by the resolute Rail’ performance and he urged the squad to take the positives into this weekend’s clash.

But he was under no illusions that Simon Garner’s Clitheroe possess dangers.

“I’m expecting a really difficult game,” Miller said.

“They have a new management team with a player manager. They are flying.

“Again, it will be another great day for the club.”

Victory on Saturday would see Railway leapfrog their opponents, and put them four points off last year’s tally.

But, after finishing last season with a succession of defeats, Miller has been keen to raise the bar this campaign to avoid a repeat.

The boss said: “I set the target of emulating last year’s 41 points, if we can get to that in the next few weeks then we will look beyond that to the 50-point barrier.

“We may well drop a few places but we are round about the mid-table mini-table and we have to try and top that.”

Defender Simon Wood, man of the match against Darlington, added: “We are setting ourselves the target of trying to break into the top ten.

“With the side we have at the moment we should try kick-on a little bit further than that, maybe top eight.”