Milligan looks for his first away win at Harrogate on Wednesday.
The Tigers go into the game looking to return to winning ways following a rather unlucky 3-2 defeat at Garforth Town on Saturday.
We haven’t won an away league game since October, where we came from behind to snatch an unlikely 3-2 victory away to Barton Town Old Boys with seconds to spare. Milligan and co will be looking to improve the results on the road, after only picking up 15 points from a possible 39.
The squad at the minute is in a transitional period, the majority of Hindley’s signings have left and their spaces have been replaced with our very impressive young talents from the under 19’s. Playing the youngsters from now towards the end of the season will give the young lads some very valuable experience in the NCEL Premier Division. This league can be very physical and has players with bags of experience, both of these factors will prove to be a great learning curve for the younger lads. They’ll experience tough tackles and how to man handle players, something which they wouldn’t encounter as much in the under 19’s league. Advice from the older players will be a fantastic way for the likes of Fielding, Holden, Dunbar, Sutton and Mlynarski amongst others to develop as they look to make there spots in the first team permanent come the end of the season.
Worksop have a 100% record against the Rail. Last season we beat them at Station View 3-0, goals came from Charlie Dawes and Kyle Jordan in the first half, before a Mitch Husbands penalty two minutes from time rounded off a great result for the Tigers. We beat them 5-0 at home last season and this season we eventually came out on top in an eight goal thriller beating the Yorkshire side 5-3.
The hosts are currently 19th in the league and if they’re not careful could get dragged into a relegation scrap come April, although they will have been boosted by the news of Hall Road Rangers’ recent 12-point deduction. The Locomotives are into their second season in the Premier Division, they’re finding it as difficult this season as they did last season. They’re seven points off second to bottom Parkgate who currently occupy the last relegation spot. Harrogate manager Marlon Adams will be looking to improve on their previous league position last season, Rail are 16 points away from the total they finished on last season which saw them just beat the drop.
On the other hand, Milligan and Worksop will be just as eager to get all three points tomorrow night. The Rail have only won one game in their last eight matches, the Worksop gaffer will be looking to exploit that statistic. Harrogate haven’t kept a clean sheet since November, which was away to Albion Sports. In addition they also haven’t registered one clean sheet at home this season.
I can imagine Wednesday’s game being a reflection of the reverse fixture, with plenty of goals throughout the 90 minutes. The question is who will outscore who, will the relegation threatened Harrogate take all three points, or will Milligan’s young Tigers get their first away win of 2018. This will be a fantastic fixture and I’m sure they’re will be plenty of Worksop fans travelling up the M1 to get behind Duncan and the lads.