Five draws in their last six have seen Harrogate Railway Athletic on the cusp of escaping the dreaded NCEL Premier Division relegation zone, but that elusive win, which they haven’t tasted since August is edging closer, according to manager Craig Ogilvie.
“Saturday is one of 14 cup finals we’ve got left this season now. Every game is getting tougher because the pressure builds on us to get some points on the board, there’s certainly no denying that and there’s no point in shying away from it either. Our Chairman has kept the faith in me to deliver safety and that’s what I’m fighting to do.”
“I’m sure most people will be looking and wondering how I still have a job based on where we are in the league and it’s crazy to think I still haven’t felt what 3 points feels like during my managerial reign!”
“I feel like I have to repay the faith shown by the Chairman and the committee but also to the lads who have stuck around through a tough 3-4 months when it was easier to throw the towel in. I can assure you nobody works harder behind the scenes, nobody hurts more on a Saturday night if we get beat/draw than I do but what makes it easier is knowing I’ve got a changing room full of lads who are willing to battle for the shirt.”
“I can’t stress enough just how hard the lads are working behind the scenes to get 3 points on the board every week and Saturday is no exception, against what will be a very good side in Barton. Barton are the only team we haven’t played and a team I don’t know much about except that they are a young, fast, fit and hungry team who I’m sure will be willing to work and scrap for every ball.”
“We’ve got to match their desire and workrate first and foremost which we have done against most teams recently and then hopefully we can be in a position to get something from the game. We have some match winners in our team and I’m hoping one of our lads comes forward and does just that for us on Saturday.”