FT: Harrogate Railway 2-0 Padiham
Railway deserved the three points over the 90 minutes.
But it was a difficult game for Railway to get a result from as Padiham came with a good game plan and as Billy Miller has warned time and time again, the league this year is a very strong one where any team can beat any other on any given day.
The first half wasn’t a spectacle for those watching. There were half chances, particularly for Railway who had a number of corners and well worked attacks. However, the final ball was lacking and try as they would, Harrogate Railway couldn’t get on the scoresheet.
Padiham also had a few good attacking moves, but ultimately they weren’t able to make the breakthrough and take the lead (as they had done a few weeks ago in the away fixture). So the teams went in at half time all square, but there was a real sense that there were goals to be had.
The second half started brightly for Padiham, taking the game to Railway and pressing them back for the first ten minutes or so. However, it was ultimately Railway that fashioned an opportunity with a ball played up to Malachi Farquharson who skipped past the defender and went one-on-one with the keeper. As he pushed the ball past and tried to hurdle the advancing keeper, he was clipped and felled.
The referee deemed the Railway forward to have been brought down and denied a goal scoring opportunity. He went for his pocket and after a slight pause…pulled out a yellow.
In the meantime, Malachi had picked himself up off the floor and took the responsibility for taking the resulting penalty. He placed the ball on the spot, ran up and comfortably put it away.
Harrogate were in the ascendency at this point and it was only going to be a matter of time before they added to the scoreline. It was no real surprise, when a fabulous through ball to Malachi, saw him beating the offside trap and running in on goal. As he reached the box, the defender trailing in his wake went to pull his shirt, got a hold of it and then released it. Malachi ignored that and calmly slotted the ball past the advancing keeper.
At two goals up, Railway were comfortable and there was a sense that they wouldn’t throw this game away. Padiham to be fair weren’t finished and to their credit came out and pushed Harrogate Railway back. Their forwards were lively and again started to ask questions of the Railway defence.
At one point, there were appeals for a penalty as Brett Ormerod went down spectacularly in the box, but the referee and assistant referee weren’t impressed and waved them away. Padiham continued pushing, another attack in the dying minutes saw them rattle the bottom of the post with a shot, it has to be said that they were unlucky with that effort.
But with time running out, Harrogate got on the ball and played up the field battling with the Padiham midfield to try and fashion just one more chance, that ultimately didn’t happen.
At the final whistle, Harrogate Railway knew that they had earned three points the hard way. Padiham may have left with no points, but their players can hold their heads high as they put in a battling performance.
We wish Padiham well for the remainder of the season.
Harrogate extend this remarkable season, continuing to amass their largest ever points total in this league. The playoffs are still possible and while the possibility [however remote] still exists…the dreams are still alive