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Sat 14 Jan 15:00 - Toolstation Northern Counties East League - Premier Division Full time Attendance 55

No Bull Railway Win Again

Stephen Bromley makes the difference on a poor pitch in a tough game. It wasn’t pretty but very hard work as The Rail atone their 2 - 1 home defeat to the Bulls in the opening League game of the season with a 1 – 0 Railway win.

Bromley was the only survivor from the starting line-up back in August 2016 and he was the scorer for the Rail that day to.

Not the best game to watch but a win and a clean sheet makes it all worthwhile.
Neither team dominated as possession was won and lost cheaply with the pitch making it difficult to get any momentum to the game.

Rails goal came on the 39th minute when Beesley was sent out to the right with a searching ball from midfield. Waiting for support in the box Bees held the ball up by the bye line then picked his cross to the advancing Bromley who’s shot was parred on the line. It came back to Brommers who controlled and poked home through a number of defenders. 1-0 Railway and probably just shaded the first half and deserved the lead.

The second half was much more open with Mansfield pushing to get back in the game. But for all their possession Rail had the better chances on the break with Callum Robinson unleashing a ferocious shot that struck the cross bar and out for a goal kick. David Brown was put through on goal running at the Bulls goal from the half way line but the ball wouldn’t sit right for a shot before he was smothered by the advancing keeper. Beesley played through the defense 1 on 1 with the keeper but his tired legs let him down as he superbly rounded the keeper only to run out of pitch space before getting the telling touch to score.

The Bulls No. 9 Oliver Fearon saved their best chance till late with a heart stopping shot that hit the post and was booted away to safety. This was part of a nervy final few minutes but the Rail remained solid and took the spoils.

Harrogate Railway: Leon Wrigglesworth, Toby Lees, Chris Fisher, Lucas Baravelli, Sam Denton ©, Mike Morris, Callum Robinson, Dan Barrett (Greg Kidd), David Brown (Lewis Riley), Paul Beesley, Stephen Bromley(Fraser Hansen). Subs Not Used: Bradley Sharrocks, Ben Ledger

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# Team Pl Pts
16. Clipstone FC 42 49
17. Parkgate FC 42 41
18. Rainworth Miners Welfare 42 38
19. Harrogate Railway Athletic 42 38
20. Barton Town Old Boys 42 34
21. Armthorpe Welfare 42 24
22. Retford United 42 24

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