‘Upset apple cart and bring in a winter break’ urges ‘Rail boss

hsb  Railway Athletic v Curzon Ashton.  (130316M4c)
hsb Railway Athletic v Curzon Ashton. (130316M4c)

Harrogate Railway boss Billy Miller urged English football’s governing bodies to act after becoming frustrated at the increase of cancelled matches.

The postponement against Mossley on Saturday means ‘Railway will now play the Lancashire side back to back at the end of the season.

‘Rail’s Evo-Stik Division One match on Tuesday against Bamber Bridge also fell foul of the weather.

This week, ‘Rail host Cammell Laird on Saturday before a trip to former Blue Square Premier side Farsley Celtic on Bank Holiday Monday

Miller spent time coaching in Germany earlier in his career and said the winter break allowed teams to build greater momentum.

Miller said: “What we did over there I thought was brilliant. It was better than slogging through the winter.

“At this stage we should be looking forward to finishing the season.

“Why do we keep persevering? It’s time to upset the applecart and change the season.I’d be happy to have a season which is March to October, but obviously we have summer sports in England.

“People will say this is the first year, but it’s happened for the last five.

“You are flogging a dead horse. We are in the laps of the gods.

“The only teams that can sustain this level at the end of the season are the Premier League clubs.

“Something has to give.”

If the snow melts, 15th-placed ‘Rail host Cammell Laird on Saturday but Miller reckons his side will next take to the field against Celtic on Monday.

Railway are at full strength for the contests after the gaffer pronounced a clean bill of health.

Miller’s side beat Laird 1-0 earlier in the season and the coach their boss Tony Sullivan as one of the game’s good guys.

“He had a difficult time when he was bottom of the league least year and because of that he appreciates the small things in life,” said Miller.

“We beat them there but they are a good side and there are no easy games.”

‘Rail stormed into a 2-0 lead against Celtic at home but the West Yorkshire side hit back to draw.

“They are a great team,” said Miller.

“They have got threats all over the pitch. You are not just combating one threat, you are combating about eight. Without giving anything away, we have our plans for them.”

and we will try and containt them.

“It’s another game which we look at and say we can take points out of it. But I am sure they will say the same.”