Town Continue Excellent Form By The Seaside; Promotion Chasers Darlo Too Strong For Rail & Tad’s Lead At Top Cut To 3 Points After Late Salvation
A mixed bag of results for our sides this week as we have a win, a draw and a loss.
Only one place to start this week and that’s on the coast as Harrogate Town upset all odds to defeat promotion candidates AFC Fylde 1-2. Simon Weaver’s men are on a terrific run as of late being unbeaten in four in the Vanarama Conference North seeing them move up to 13th. Whereas on the other hand AFC Fylde are in the complete opposite form losing their last four matches however they stay in 2nd.
Weaver’s injection of youth chucked into the Harrogate Town first team has I bet worked better than even he thought it would. Two first half goals from Andy Gascoigne and Paul Clayton gave them a solid platform to go out into the second half and win the match. The Coasters however were obviously going to come out in the second half and attack Town hard in which they did and they did pull one back late on.
With that being said Town held out to pick up a superb three points away at one of the best sides in the division, the fantastic form goes on, they couldn’t make a late play-off push…………………………………could they?
Next we drop down to the Evo-Stik North Division where Nathan Cartman’s return to Station View on Valentine’s Day was the main talking point where lovers reunited. The man who I believe was the leading goal scorer in Europe with the incredible amount of goals he netted at his much-loved time at Harrogate Railway. However this story soon faded away as attention turned purely to football and it was now top of the league Darlington who went into the break a goal up thanks to a clean powerful strike from Nelson Mota.
Watched in front of nearly 900 the reports were that the first half was fairly even in terms of possession and chances and Railway were certainly still in the match going into the second half.
However, The Quakers came out for the second half and showed their class and why they are certainly in line for promotion as they scored four more, three of which by Terry Galbraith.
The goal of the game however came in injury time from Railway’s Fatlum Ibrahimi as he let fly from thirty yards into the top corner, shame it was just a mere consolation as it was a beauty.
FYI Cartman was kept fairly quiet and was substituted on the hour mark.
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Finally, Tadcaster Albion had to score two goals in the last six minutes to scrape a draw at home to Handsworth Parramore. Parramore who sat in 7th place before 3:00pm yesterday took the lead at the i2i stadium in the 36th minute through Bruno Holden. Right on half-time though the visitors were reduced to ten men after Stuart Ludlam picked up his second yellow card, not the valentine’s cards he would have hoped for.
With Tad having a man more coming out for the second 45 you would have thought they would still be favourites even if they were a goal down however this was not the case. On 55 minutes Luke Fletcher flicked in to stun the Taddy faithful.
The home side did get back into the game seven minutes later though through George Bissett.
Handsworth must have thought they had won the game with ten minutes remaining as Sam Smith clearly had goals on his mind, not money as he struck an absolute wonder goal from at least 30 yards.
However this Tadcaster side never fails to amaze me, they just will not give up will they, Josh Greening pulled a goal back with six to play after a cute lob and in the dying moments Dennie Ingram smashed a header and himself into the back of the net to salvage a point against a young talented Handsworth Parramore side.
With a huge couple of weeks coming up for Tadcaster Albion it could have been a case for thinking too far ahead as on Monday they welcome Conference North side Bradford Park Avenue to the i2i in the West Riding County Cup Semi-Final and in a week on Saturday they travel down to Swindon to face Highworth Town in the last 8 of the FA Vase, without a doubt the biggest match in their history.
Finally this week my special mention goes to Nostell Miners Welfare. Saturday’s 6-1 demolition over County Cup Finalists Garforth Town made it three wins out of three and after being rooted to the foot of the table for most of the season with 9 points they have now dragged themselves up two places above Retford United and Glasshoughton Welfare respectively. Goals from Dave Boardman, Tony Doran, Stephen Wales and a hat-trick from Rob Boardman gave them the win and maximum points from the last three games, huge credit to them and have a real chance of staying in the division now.
Report: Jay Taylor