Lots of beautiful football, but no end product as Railway lose

Harrogate Railway 0-4 West Allotment Celtic

Action from Harrogate Railway 0-4 West Allotment Celtic

Harrogate Railway were unable to turn tons of possession into chances as West Allotment Celtic made it through the FA Vase first qualifying round tie at Station View,

Two late goals made the score-line more emphatic and it didn’t reflect Railway’s presence in the game – in truth it was a good effort against another one of those Northern League giants with big resources.

Des Macorison’s men started really positively. Railway, definitely in their best shape playing-wise since the great days of the Billy Miller era, hit the bar early doors through 17-year-old Kieran Greenaway.

Celtic’s opener was far too easy. The visitors had applied some pressure, but not enough to cause a panic for the home side. Starting with their goalkeeper, Celtic carved Railway open with two passes. Abubaker Salim escaped down the left, strode into the penalty area and fired low past Joe Wilton.

Marquee summer signing Joe Jagger hit the side-netting to warn Celtic that Railway were still in it and half-time it was nicely poised. Celtic had been awarded a penalty with a minute to play of the first half after Wilton fouled Salim who went down very theatrically. Shane Jones’ penalty was poor as it was low and straight down the middle, making it an easy save for Wilton.

Railway pressed high up the pitch for the second half and dominated possession of the ball. But they had no end product. The style of play is great to watch, but most of the final passes were poor and Celtic were capable of causing huge problems on the break. With Railway’s defence playing such a high-line, Celtic got in behind several times.

Matty Hayton went past Wilton to score the second goal and leave Railway facing a Vase exit. Railway kept plugging away and free kick expert Jagger went close with a 25-yard pile-driver.

A goal-mouth scramble followed from the resulting corner, but nothing would come off for Railway. 

The third and fourth goals from Michael Baxter and then Hayton both came from Celtic getting beyond Railway’s defence.

Action from Harrogate Railway 0-4 West Allotment Celtic
Action from Harrogate Railway 0-4 West Allotment Celtic
The man for all big moments: Free kick specialist Joe Jagger lines up an effort
Action from Harrogate Railway 0-4 West Allotment Celtic

The Teams 

Harrogate Railway: Wilton, Jordan, Swailes, Swales (McCrum), Lancaster, Shields (Ferguson), Greenaway, Whitehead, Jagger (captain), Sykes, Heeley (Fernandes). Subs unused: Newsome, Lightowler.

West Allotment Celtic: Hodgson, Higgins, Thompson, Forster (Trodd), Errington (captain), Scott, Baxter, Chapim, Hayton, Jones, Salim (Carney). Subs unused: Leech, Bates.

Who Was In Charge 

Luke Lazenby (6/10)

How Many Were There 


Railway Man of the Match 

Kieran Greenaway 

Harrogate Railway midfielder Kieran Greenaway

One thought on “Lots of beautiful football, but no end product as Railway lose

  1. I agree that Harrogate put up a decent showing and gave Allotment a tough game; that said, I think the report somewhat underplays the visitors’ overall performance across the pitch. However, one of the opening points in the report cannot go unchallenged.

    WAC are very far from being a “Northern League giant with great resources”. The club doesn’t own its ground or clubhouse and the officials, management and players certainly do not represent the club for financial gain! Indeed, only two years ago, the club nearly folded and the only “great resource” is the talent of a pool of players put together by the hard-working management team with a minimum of financial backing. Cliche or otherwise, heart, unity and commitment are the main resources in what is currently a Division 2 team in the Northern League. We had a great day in Harrogate: you have a fine set-up and the hospitality was excellent. We all wish RA success this season but please do not try to cover yesterdays result by making WAC out to be something the club isn’t.

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