N C East Prem Div
Sat 26 December 2005
2 HARROGATE RAILWAY ATHLETIC
DESPITE THE ABSENCE OF KEY PLAYERS WELFARE POSSIBLY DESERVED A SHARE
OF THE POINTS FROM THIS TYPICALLY HARD FOUGHT BOXING DAY ENCOUNTER.
When after only five minutes of play Graham Marchant latched on to
a sliced clearance by Adam Sadlar to round debutant keeper Ian Philliskirk and put the visitors ahead, the spectre of the
recent thrashing Welfare received at the hands of Rail loomed large, but was answered in the very best fashion when Welfare
replied within minutes, Andy Seed picking out Danny King who beat opposite keeper Lee Ashforth to level matters.
Both teams went on from here to produce a physical pulsating encounter
with very little quarter being given.
and during a period in
which Welfare were clearly on top as a result of the pace and skill of Andy Seed causing the visitors problems, both Ryan
Harwood and Lee Parker were foiled by Ashforth. Seed also found himself in the
clear but raked his shot across goal much to the relief of a flat footed visiting defence and the interval came with nothing
separating the teams.
From the restart it was the visitors who seemingly forced the pace
and despite the home men contesting every ball Marchant picked up a through ball to shrug off attempted tackles and drive
Rail back in to the lead on 55 minutes. Before Welfare had time to regroup Marchant
had struck again, planting a 30 yards opportunitist effort in to the top corner to put the visitors in to what appeared to
be an unassailable position. To their credit Welfare picked up a gear and took
the game to the visitors and when Lee Parker headed home a Mark Newton free kick the game went in to the last quarter with
no hold barred but despite a valiant effort during which Ashforth saved a goal bound effort from the busy King, Welfare were
unfortunate not to level matters and take what would have been a deserved share of the spoils
Team: Ian Philliskirk, Luke Williams,
Mark Newton, Adam Sadler, Simon Brooker, Leon Henry (Liam Chapman), Andy Seed, Jamie Thompson (Gareth Liversedge), Ryan Harwood,
Lee Parker, Danny King