Unfortunately whoever Harrogate Railway Athletic came up against on the opening day would have been a difficult game after finishing 20th last season 5 points above the drop zone. It couldn’t have been much harder though after playing Maltby Main who finished in the top 5 last season, writes Mitchell Radford.
Witnessed by a crowd of 83, the game finished 2-0 to Maltby. Both goals coming from Maltby’s new addition upfront Danny Frost in the 4th minute and 55th minute. Rail did put up a real fight and have to be credited, they never gave up at all and had a few half chances themselves. But never really had a clear cut chance to score and that goes down to good organisation at the back and some errors on their part.
The Harrogate Railway manager Brian Davey said, “Lost 2-0 a goal in each half. Unfortunately having two players going off injured before 30 minutes was disappointing and realistically was a small factor in us losing the game. Sam Barker had to go off with concussion, and Luke McCrumb was forced off with an ankle problem. Not a lot in the game, the ball was in the air for a lot of the game. Ultimately it was Frost who capitalised on this and won the game for Maltby.”
In their next games, Maltby face Athersley Recreation in the FA Cup, and Harrogate face Bridlington Town also in the FA Cup!
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