With Rail coming off a good away draw at Radcliffe Borough the previous Tuesday Nigel Danby decided to retain the same squad for today’s game at high flying Garforth Town.
Rail got off to a slow start and really should have been 2 goals down within 10 minutes of the game. First up was ex-Rail player David Brown who on 8 minutes was put through on goal down our right but Craig Parry came out and blocked his shot with his legs. Two minutes later it was another move on our right when the ball was squared across our area where Paul Walker was left unmarked. He had time to pick his spot but Craig Parry came to the rescue and saved another shot with his legs. Rail were really struggling to get the ball out of their own half mainly down to the strong wind in their faces. Rail managed to hold out for another 10 minutes but David Brown pounced onto a through ball down our right and coolly slotted home inside the penalty area.
GARFORTH TOWN 1 HARROGATE RAILWAY 0 (Brown 22)
There was hardly time for Rail to draw breathe when David Brown popped up inside the penalty area and converted yet again.
GARFORTH TOWN 2 HARROGATE RAILWAY 0 (Brown 23)
Things just got worse for Rail as they had to make an early change when Wayne Harratt limped off injured and was replaced by Simon Parkes. This resulted in Dan Thirkell
having to go along side Phil Lindley in the centre of the defence and Simon slotting in on the right side. Rail managed to hold on but they were fortunate just over the half hour mark when Garforth Town had the ball in the back of the net again but this time it was disallowed for offside. Rail’s first real chance came with just three minutes to go of the first-half. They were awarded a corner on our left as Colin Hunter
swung the ball in. The ball dropped for Liam Gray whose shot was blocked and the loose ball fell to Jon Maloney
who also had his shot blocked. Thankfully for Rail they were only two down and were still in the game.
HALF-TIME: GARFORTH TOWN 2 HARROGATE RAILWAY 0
The pattern of the second-half didn’t really change despite Rail having the wind to their backs and it was Garforth who nearly increased their lead when Simon Parkes in trying to clear the ball inside the penalty area only succeeded in hitting it against another defender. The ball fell kindly to Matt Mathers but he made a mess of his shot and shot well wide. David Brown should of completed his hat-trick on the hour mark as Simon Parkes slipped inside the penalty area but David’s shot was wide of the target. With Rail still struggling to open up the Garforth defence it was difficult to see where Railway were going to get back into the game and despite a couple of changes Rail fell further behind with just 15 minutes to go. It was that man David Brown who had been causing the Rail defence all sorts of problems all afternoon who completed his hat-trick from a cross in from our left from Paul Walker. He controlled the ball and finished low into the net.
GARFORTH TOWN 3 HARROGATE RAILWAY 0 (Brown 75)
It was only then that Rail ventured into the Garforth half and with a bit of luck might have pulled a goal back. First off Dave Ward drove forward and was unlucky to see his goal-bound shot cannon off a defender and out for a corner. Moments later Rail had an even better chance of scoring as Colin Hunter
found Paul Beesley
inside the box from a deep free-kick in our own half. Paul only had a second to control the ball but the keeper did well to come out and block his shot with his legs. With less than 10 minutes to go Garforth added a fourth. There seemed no danger when a cross in from our right was about to be intercepted by Dan Thirkell
but he missed the ball completely and it left substitute Ben Thornton to control the ball and fire the ball high into the net giving Craig Parry no chance in goal.
GARFORTH TOWN 4 HARROGATE RAILWAY 0 (Thornton 82)
The game was over for Rail but they kept on going and were rewarded with a goal dead on 90 minutes. The goal was created with a move down our left. The ball fell to Paul Beesley
who in turn squared the ball to Sam Kellegher on our right. Sam controlled the ball and hit a great shot past the keeper from just within the penalty area.
GARFORTH TOWN 4 HARROGATE RAILWAY 1 (Kellegher 90)
The scoring wasn’t over as deep into injury-time Garforth Town were awarded a penalty when Phil Lindley handled from a corner cross on our right. The referee booked Phil and Oliver Hotchkiss stepped up and sent Craig Parry the wrong way to make it five-one.
GARFORTH TOWN 5 HARROGATE RAILWAY 1 (Hotchkiss 90+2)
FULL-TIME: GARFORTH TOWN 5 HARROGATE RAILWAY 1
BOOKINGS: 2 - Dave Brown (Garforth) Phil Lindley (Rail)
GARFORTH TOWN: Higginson, Turner (C) Fisher, Kelly, Pacey, Price, Walton, Hotchkiss, Walker, Mathers (Turley 60) Brown (Thornton 81) Subs not used: Hunter.L, Villerman & Lonaghan
HARROGATE RAILWAY: Parry, Thirkell, McLean (Ward 53) Lindley, Harratt (Parkes.S 27) Gray (C) Durham (Kellegher 65) Parkes.B, Beesley, Maloney, Hunter. All subs used
RAIL MAN OF THE MATCH: CRAIG PARRY