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Honest reflections from both games as Handsworth come from behind at Harrogate

Two goals in two second-half minutes caused Harrogate Railway heartbreak yesterday as Handsworth came from behind to sneak a win at Station View. (Main photograph by Craig Dinsdale)

Sam Barker initially gave Railway the lead on 49 minutes, but then an Andrew Sunley own goal (59 minutes), followed by a Jed Phillips strike (61 minutes) saw the Ambers go home with all three points.

Railway manager Craig Ogi gave an honest reflection on his sides performance. “It wasn’t a great spectacle to be honest. The pitch was very bobbly and slippy but we are in January so it’s to be expected.”

“Both sides, I don’t think, played the way they can and apart from the odd half chance to both teams I don’t think either team did enough to win the game.”

“Our goal came from a mistake by a Handsworth player and it was a great finish by Sam Barker. Their first goal I actually didn’t see as when the ball was crossed in I was starting to look at our forwards, as it was going nowhere, but I’m told our lad chested the ball into the goal.”

“We have then given one of their lads a free header inside the six-yard box at a corner, which to be honest, was easier to score than miss.”

“We’ve been good from corners and haven’t conceded many at all so that was disappointing.”

“I think a draw would have been a fair result if I’m being honest. I don’t think we created enough to win the game but if Jon (Froggatt) and Steve (Istead) are honest I don’t think they did either.”

“They were missing a few players and it was a good opportunity for us to play them but it wasn’t to be. Neither team played to their capabilities going forward, I don’t think, and I just thought the game lacked quality on the whole (but as I said the pitch made it very difficult!).”

“These games happen, I’m not reflecting too much, and we move onto next week against Barton now where every point for us counts! I wish Handsworth all the best going forward and I’m sure they’ll finish the season strongly.”

Whilst across the white line, Joint Manager Jon Froggatt had this to say, “Today was about us putting in a real team performance, which we did. The pitch again played a big part in how the game was played, it was a battle from minute one which we anticipated.”

“The first half was not full of many clear cut chances. Harrogate lost their striker who I thought looked lively at times. They changed their approach but I felt we dealt comfortably with what they threw at us.”

“We spoke at half-time how we could break them down, but credit to them, they came out at a frantic pace and took the lead. We knew this was going to be a tricky from the outset, but like I said before the game, there’s a real positivity around this group of players and we had to dig in to grind a result out!”

“Even when we went behind we had full belief if we stuck to the game plan we would come out on top. Thankfully both goals came in quick succession and we then saw the game out professionally!”

“It won’t be the first game in match of the day tonight, but we came to get three-points, which we got and that’s all you can ask for. There’s no easy games in this league and next weeks trip to Goole will be just as tough!”

“We’re proud of our players today showing true grit and determination, to come from a goal down! That shows character and a togetherness! Good luck to Harrogate for the rest of the season, a real honest bunch who if they play like that every week won’t go far wrong.”

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