After watching his side throw away a half time lead against Albion Sports and end up on the wrong side of a 4-1 score line, Harrogate Railway Manager Craig Ogilvie was seething, writes Ian Robinson.
“We were comfortable at the break. We were 1-0 up and we’d weathered a storm playing into the wind, I honestly thought we would kick on in the second half but as to what happened, I honestly have no idea. I apologised to the Chairman for the second half it was that bad! It was, by far, the worst 45 minutes of football since I’ve been at the club.
“We’ve let ourselves down in what was a huge game. The one and only positive from today is that we cannot play that badly again as it was like watching an Under 13’s team. I’ve praised the lads week in week out which they’ve accepted, so unfortunately now’s the time to accept criticism. I’m not talking out of turn as all of this I’ve said to the players already at the end of the game. If I made 7 changes to the starting eleven next week nobody could complain.”
Sean Hunter had given Railway the lead but three goals in 13 second half minutes put them to the sword. Ombeni Ruhanduka was Albion’s hero as he bagged a hat trick, Lamin Janneh netting the other.
Defending his outburst, Ogilvie added “I talk this way because I have a passion for what I do, I have a passion for the club and most of all a passion for the players and I want them to succeed. We haven’t turned into a bad team after 45 minutes of football but today was a massive learning curve for the lads and we need to take this experience forward and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”