With Rail struggling to find a win the last place they really wanted to be was against high scoring Farsley FC.
The game started at a lively pace with both sides looking to score early on with Rail creating the first real chance. The Farsley defence were caught in possession as new signing Danny Toronczak made inroads down Farsley’s left. He managed to square the ball across the area but Farsley defence managed to get back and clear the ball for a corner. Farsley too were worrying the Rail defence as they moved the ball around well and Railway did well to keep them at bay but with less than 10 minutes on the clock Farsley opened the scoring. The ball was worked down our left and played inside the area to Dave Stead, who looked suspiciously offside. He took a couple of touches on the ball before firing a low angled drive across Craig Parry into the far side of the net.
FARSLEY 1 HARROGATE RAILWAY 0 (Stead 9)
Rail still managed to get the ball forward and create some half chances but Farsley were more clinical and doubled their lead on the 15 minute mark when ex-Rail player Ben Jones was set up by Dave Stead. There seemed to be no apparent danger as Farsley took a quick throw-in down our left but one pass down our sleeping defence later and the ball was crossed in for Ben to convert from close in.
FARSLEY 2 HARROGATE RAILWAY 0 (Jones 15)
Rail still kept pressing forward but you could tell it wasn’t going to be Rail’s night as Danny Toronczak did well to get behind Farsley’s defence on their right as he got around the keeper before squaring it to David Brown. The ball was slightly behind David but he managed to get a shot in but the delay meant that the defenders got back and cleared the ball off the line. Just before the half hour mark Farsley had a goal disallowed for offside and then Rail came close when a free-kick was flicked on by Wayne Harratt and was just missed by Danny Toronczak coming in at the far post. Farsley came close to adding a third shortly before half-time when a Ben Jones shot was cleared off the line by Dan Thirkell
and then, just on the stoke of half-time a swerving shot from Dominic Krief glanced off the top of the crossbar.
HALF-TIME: FARSLEY 2 HARROGATE RAILWAY 0
Rail at the start of the second-half made three changes with Colin Hunter
, David Brown and Liam Shepherd being replaced by Dave Ward, Rory McCrea & Luke Durham. However, it didn’t make a lot of difference 6 minutes into the half and Farsley added a third. They were awarded a free-kick deep on our left. The free-kick was swerved in and to everyone’s amazement went directly in at Craig Parry’s near post.
FARSLEY 3 HARROGATE RAILWAY 0 (Bambrook 51)
Worse was to come for Rail as they were reduced to 10 men. Unlike in the past it has usually been a case of one of our players been sent off but this time it was down to a serious injury to club captain. Liam Gray. Liam was in the middle of the park and just as he passed the ball wide his standing leg gave way and he ended up in agony. It was several minutes later before the re-start of the game as Liam was carried off on a stretcher in agony. This seemed to be a good opportunity for Farsley to go on an increase their lead against 10 man Rail but they dug in and even created a couple of chances of their own but the long range shots were comfortably saved by the loud Antoni Pecora. Rail were getting a little stretched at the back and Farsley created several chances much of which were wasted but when they did find the target they found Craig Parry in good form as he pulled off a string of good saves. Despite being down to 10 men Rail held out for the remaining half hour without conceding.
FULL-TIME: FARSLEY 3 HARROGATE RAILWAY 0
BOOKINGS: NONE (well done ref!!)
FARSLEY: Pecora, Williams, Jackson.T, Briggs, Jackson.M © Radcliffe, Muller (Mitchell 81) Bambrook (Pa Modou Jobe 83) Jones, Stead (Grant 86) Krief. Sub not used: Morgan
HARROGATE RAILWAY: Parry, Maloney, Hunter (Ward 45) Thirkell, Harratt, Gray © Brown (McCrea 45) Wood. , Beesley, Toronczak, Shepherd (Durham 45) Subs not used: McLean & Danby
RAIL MAN OF THE MATCH: CRAIG PARRY