With four games left in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division, Harrogate Railway Athletic were dealt a sizeable blow in their battle for survival after a 5-0 defeat to fifteenth-placed Garforth Town at the Bannister Prentice Stadium last night – but Miners Manager Rob Hunter admitted that the home side had been on the back foot for spells in the contest, writes Colin Muncie.
Sean Hunter gave Garforth the half-time lead after 36 minutes, but after the break, Town cut loose as Mark Simpson [49 minutes], Lee Turner [73 minutes] and Sean Hunter [65 and 90 minutes], completed the three-goal haul in front of a crowd of 140 at Cedar Ridge.
Rob told TBG, “I think tonight’s result was probably a reflection of the second-half, but it could have been different if Rail had taken their opportunities. In the first-half, we never got going; and other than a screamer of a free-kick from Sean Hunter, we never created anything.”
“We had some straight talking to do at half time,” Rob admitted, “and we dominated most of the second period. Sean got his first senior hat trick, so well done to him – but to be honest Sam Barker was again the star of the show; he was unplayable at times.”
“I had a chat with the Railway Chairman Mick Edwards after the match and I think they are resigned to their fate,” Rob added. “They needed to get something from this game and the Goole game last Saturday to have a realistic chance of staying up.”
“It’s a shame – but they’re a resilient bunch and I hope they can sort it out and bounce back.”