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"WE need to play for 90 minutes," is the plea from Harrogate Railway manager Vinnie Brockie in the aftermath of their 3-1 FC United defeat on Wednesday night.
In front of their biggest league home gate of the season Rail’ were more than a match for United, leading 1-0 at the break thanks to a Ben Jones penalty.
However the 365 fans at Station View then witnessed a crumbling Rail’ concede two early second half goals, handing the ascendancy and ultimately the points to their opponents.
Brockie was disappointed with the result especially after their superb run of form coming into the UniBond Division One North fixture.
Gung-ho Rail’ had banged in seven from their last two games, the latter a 4-0 thrashing of Mossley on Saturday.
“You saw the best and the worst of us the other night,” said Brockie referring to Wednesday’s defeat.
“We were more than a match for them in the first half and deserved to go in in front. But after that I don’t know what happened.
“They scored twice in the space of four minutes and it knocked the wind out of our sails and then they completely dominated the game after that.
“I was disappointed after but you can’t let these things get you down.
“We need to play for 90 minutes that’s what I’m looking for, we can’t just turn up in the first half and then fall away.”
Rail’ return to action when red hot Curzon Ashton visit Station View for the second time in two weeks tomorrow (3pm kick-off).
Brockie felt his side were desperately unlucky not to take at least a point out of their previous fixture and is determined to set the record straight.
“We led early in the match and we had chances to go further into the lead which we didn’t take,” continued Brockie.
“Then we got it back to 2-2 and I thought we’d get at least a point out of it but then they grabbed a nother goal and it knocked the stuffing out of us.
“I was so disappointed after the game, but it’s only made me more determined to come back with a win this time.”
Rail’s tough run-in continues on Wednesday when current leaders Skelmersdale make the trip to North Yorkshire (7.45pm kick-off).
Brockie expects a result against the promotion pushers and has backed his young side.
“When we played them away it was another of those games we should have got something out of,” he added.
“It was the game before Boxing Day and they beat us 1-0 but Danny Lowe missed a penalty for us.
“We played some good football on that day and we were unlucky not to get a point or something better.”
Last Updated: 10 April 2008 10:29 AM