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Contrasting views as Harrogate & Bottesford battle out draw!

One result that went slightly under the radar yesterday was Harrogate Railway Athletic’s 1-1 draw with Bottesford Town, writes Ian Robinson. For plucky Harrogate it was another point closer to safety, and as always, their Manager Craig Ogilvie was on hand to give an honest assessment of the game.

“It was a really good professional performance from us today. Bottesford had a lot of the ball in the first half but didn’t really test our keeper at all to be honest, and we defended well as a team which we haven’t done in previous games. Their goal was fortunate but their striker did what all good strikers do and followed the initial shot into the box and scored after a great strike by their right back who I thought was very good.”

Playing tribute to both sides, Craig continued “We had to be at our best today as we were playing a top six side in my opinion. They’re solid at the back with a constant threat up top. Second half I think we were on top and created several chances to win the game but it just didn’t happen but I’m not dwelling on it. Joe Wilton who we signed this week from Goole pulled off a great save to deny them with the only shot on target I can remember them having in the second half and we’ve missed 4 or 5 chances where I think we should be doing better. That said, it’s a great point against a good side and hopefully we can take this forward now into the next games coming up as we continue to battle to stay up.”

Whilst Bottesford Town assistant manager wasn’t pleased, “Bit of a head scratcher really. We played ok for 45 minutes, came in 1-0 up but second half took our foot off the gas and allowed them back in to the game.

“We still had chances to win it but we’ve let them take four points off us this season and that’s disappointing. We aren’t a group that look for excuses. We’re always honest with the players and they were told after the game that that level of performance isn’t what we expect and fair play to the players it’s not what they expect of themselves.

“We’ve got two home games coming up now and after the Hemsworth and Harrogate games we will now be demanding, not asking for, a reaction.”

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