Thursday, 17 October 2013

Billy Miller: Season going to plan for Harrogate Railway

Harrogate boss Billy Miller (left)
By James Grayson (Twitter: @jamesAgrayson)
Harrogate Railway chief Billy Miller believes his side’s Evo Stik Division One North campaign is going to plan.
Railway sit in mid-table after Monday night’s dramatic 2-1 victory over Northwich Victoria which was their first win at Station View since the end of August.
Miller’s team had endured a tough September which saw them pick up one league point – at Darlington where Rail drew 0-0.
But, Harrogate twice had to play with ten men for 80 minutes after an early red card and Miller is happy with the progress made.
“It’s a point a game and we have 14 points from 11 games so as far as we’re concerned we’re three points ahead of schedule,” he told Sports Performer.
“We have a decent run of games coming up, starting on Saturday at home to Padiham which I know will be a difficult game as we had a 1-1 draw there.
“But, it is too easy to underestimate teams and saying we should be getting that and getting this.
“We have Radcliffe away on Tuesday night and they have come into a run of form as well and then we have Ossett Albion and New Mills in amongst all that.
“If we can pick up our 20 points by Christmas time I think that would put us roughly where we want to be and at a similar stage to where we were last season.
“After that we’ll kick on from there. We have brought some good lads in. We have signed Steve Bromley from Knaresborough Town. He scores a lot of goals so he’s come in.
“We’ve signed Joel Dixon from Frickley so fingers crossed that now is our time.
“September was a combination of bad luck and games taking their toll and I think we played some tough teams last month as well.
“Lancaster I’m sure will be up there or there-about’s. I thought Mossley played really well against us and have now kicked on.”
In midweek, Jesus Martin-Farina scored for Harrogate early-on before a second half equaliser for Northwich looked to have secured a draw for the visitors.
But, Lawrence Hunter forced a late winner and Miller said his side got their rewards.
“I think we got what we deserved from the game,” he said.
“Northwich are a very strong side that will be up there at the end of the season, but we set our stall out quite early on and went 4-4-2 against them.
“Jesus came back up top with Nathan Cartman and we had signed a player called Joel Dixon and he was sort of the missing link for us as he drove us on from the middle of the park and did really well for us.”

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