After last week’s heavy defeat Nigel Danby made 5 changes with the suspended Craig Parry returning in goal, Ian McLean and Wayne Harratt returning in defence, Sam Kellegher making his first appearance in the starting line up and with Luke Durham absent Luke Hinsley was drafted in to partner Jon Maloney
Within the first 5 minutes both sides had a chance to open the scoring. The first came to Skelmersdale where Josh Hine got around the Rail defence but his goal bound shot was well saved by Craig Parry stretching down to his right and gathering the ball in. On the 5 minute mark Dave Ward put in a superb cross in from our left which was met well by Jon Maloney
but his header was just wide of the target. From then on it was all Skelmersdale as chance after chance went begging. Just after 10 minutes striker, Shaun Tuck had a chance as he beat Rail’s offside trap. He took the ball on and was one on one with Craig but he somehow contrived to miss the target altogether. It was Shaun Tuck again on the 20 minute mark but this time he had 2 chances and even though they were both on target he came up against Craig in fine form as he made two good saves to keep them out. Moments later Wayne Harratt was unfortunate to be booked by the referee as he challenged for the ball it seemed as though he got a foot to the ball first before the Skelmersdale player went down. The remainder of the half was still all Skelmersdale but there were only half chances for them as Rail held out and in fact could have gone a goal up against the run of play when a cross in from our left from Ian McLean found Sam Kellegher lurking at the far post. His first shot was blocked and his second was somehow scrambled away by a defender and the goalkeeper.
HALF-TIME: HARROGATE RAILWAY 0 SKELMERSDALE UTD 0
The second- half had barely begun when Skelmersdale took the lead. The move started on our right and the ball ended up at the feet of Shaun Tuck. He cut inside our defence and fired a low shot into the corner of the net from just within the penalty area.
HARROGATE RAILWAY 0 SKELMERSDALE UTD 1 (Tuck 48)
Despite the setback the Rail players heads never went down but they were finding it very difficult to try and create any clear cut chances and with only one recognised striker up front as the half wore on it was becoming more and more evident that against a well organised defence it would have to take a miracle for us to get back in the game. Jon Maloney
became the second Rail player to be booked and again it seemed as though he got the ball first before he made contact with the Skelmersdale player. Things could of got worse for Rail as Shaun Tuck raced through our defence but his well struck shot went just over the crossbar. The game went quiet for a while with only substitutions and cautions to report with Rail making 2 changes and 4 more bookings (2 from each side) With Rail only one goal down there was still a chance of getting back in the game but on 85 minutes Skelmersdale doubled their lead. Again the move started down our right and the ball was quickly played into the feet of Josh Hine. The ball was under his feet but he managed to toe-poke the ball home from close distance.
HARROGATE RAILWAY 0 SKELMERDALE UTD 2 (Hine 85)
Rail had no real chance to reply and the game ended up 2-0 to Skelmersdale
FULL-TIME: HARROGATE RAILWAY 0 SKELMERSDALE UTD
BOOKINGS: 6 - Harratt, Maloney, Ward & Wood (Rail) Bucke & Parke (Skelmersdale)
RAILWAY: Parry, Thirkell, McLean (Hunter 56) Lindley, Harratt, Parkes, Kellegher (Wood 60) Gray (C) Hinsley, Maloney, Ward. Sub not used: Danby
SKELMERSDALE UTD: Ashton, Field, Corrigan, Bucke (C) McIntosh, Strickland, Woolcoot, Parke, Hine, Tuck, Almond. Subs not used: Rendell, Evans, Crowder, Reid & Mooney
RAIL MAN OF THE MATCH: CRAIG PARRY