Match Report: Harrogate Railway – Prescot Cables (Mark Doherty)

FT: Harrogate Railway 1-2 Prescot Cables Football Club

Railway tried hard, but it seemed like one of those nights where the ball didn’t quite run for them. Passes were misplaced. Through balls were over/under hit or simply cut out.

The first half started at a million miles an hour. Railway attacked from the off, but lost the ball and Prescot Cables went up the other end of the field and scored. Railway then went down the field from the kick-off and won a corner. From the corner, the ball found Lamin Colley on the far post and he headed in past the Cables’ keeper. The sides were level.

The weather played a big part in the match. Swirling winds sweeping rain across the pitch. The rain itself came in waves, from steady, through drizzle to none at all for a few minutes before making another appearance. It was cold too. The conditions really didn’t help this game flow at all.

The second half promised so much, but ultimately the weather continued to play its part. The game ebbed and flowed, with the majority of it played in midfield. To be fair, Prescot Cables were seeing slightly more of the ball and having the better chances. However it was a surprise, when from a free kick just inside the Railway half, the ball somehow found its way through a packed penalty box and almost apologetically went in at the far post. Prescot Cables were 2-1 ahead.

Railway started to come out more, threatening on the break. There were a few good chances and an appeal for a handball in the Cables penalty box…but the referee waved them away.

As the game neared the 90th minute, the game became stretched – end to end play with Railway trying to get the equaliser and Prescot Cables trying to get the killer third goal or simply [and understandably] running down the clock.

At the final whistle the Prescot players raised their arms in victory and their travelling fans cheered. It must be said that they just about deserved the victory, Railway cannot argue about that.

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On Saturday Railway travel to play New Mills.

 

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