Draw specialists Harrogate Railway Athletic head for the coast today knowing that a win at Bridlington Town coupled with a defeat for Hall Road Rangers would finally lift them out of the Premier Division relegation zone, writes Ian Robinson.
It all sounds simple, but Railway Manager Craig Ogilvie knows exactly how difficult a game his side face as he paid tribute to the impact that The Seasiders’ management team of Brett Agnew and Anthony Bowsley have had.
“It just doesn’t get any harder than going to play Brid away! Since Brett and his team have come in, they’ve just gone from strength to strength and they’ve done a great job. You can tell by the results and reading the reports that the players at Brid are really playing for the gaffer and the club, and when you get players doing that, you know the respect is there for what you are trying to instill and achieve. We played them at a good time earlier in the season (Brett’s second game in charge I think?) and we managed a 1-1 draw, but I think they’ve improved since then so we know we’ve got to be on our ‘A’ game or we’ll be punished.”
After seeing his hard working team draw successive games against Athersley Recreation, Hall Road Rangers, Bottesford Town and Eccleshill United, Craig remains positive that there is more to come, telling us, “We want to maintain our 4 game unbeaten run, however I don’t want the lads to sit back and settle for a draw, we’ll be going for the win and hopefully give Bridlington a really good, honest game. It won’t make or break our season so we’ll be going there to try and win the game.”
“I think we’re improving every week and we look forward to most games with a sense of confidence. We’ve only lost 4 of our last 11 which to us is a massive change of form from what we were like previously! We’re on the fringes of climbing out of the relegation zone now and given the position we were in 2 months into the season, everyone at the club has done a superb job and really pulled together. We’ve made some good signings, everyone is going in the same direction and we’re in a good position to hopefully achieve what I set out to achieve when I came in as Manager, which is safety.”
With such a positive mindset from the man at the helm, who’s to say that we won’t see Harrogate in the Premier Division again next season?