Railway up to fourth spot as Bromley’s early strike proves key

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HARROGATE Railway jumped to fourth in the Evo-Stik League First Division North with Saturday’s 2-1 success at mid-table Bamber Bridge.

Fatlum Ibrahimi gave Rail’ a 14th-minute lead but Alistair Waddecar levelled 13 minutes later.

However, in an all-action first half, only another six minutes passed before Rail’s Stephen Bromley hit what would prove the winner.

At the other end of the table, Brighouse Town kicked further clear of the drop zone with an impressive 3-1 success at home to former leaders Salford City who have now dropped to second.

In front of a gate of 515, Leon Henry put Brighouse ahead after 20 minutes before Gareth Seddon equalised one minute before the break.

But Ernest Boafo’s 58th-minute penalty put Brighouse back in front and the points were sealed through Ryan Hall’s strike six minutes after the hour.

Saturday was a miserable day for both Ossett clubs with fifth-bottom Ossett Town felled 3-0 at ninth-placed Mossley whose Thomas Pratt, with a brace, and Kyle McGonigle both netted in the first half.

Sixth-bottom Ossett Albion were defeated 2-0 by third-placed visitors Darlington 1883 whose Graeme Armstrong and Stephen Thompson both netted. Farsley AFC’s hosting of Scarborough Athletic was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, as was the clash between Ramsbottom United and Frickley Athletic.

In First Division South, mid-table Goole AFC fell to a 3-1 reverse at home to third-bottom Kidsgrove Athletic.

First-half goals from Ryan Brown and Wayne Johnson had Kidsgrove in control before Niall Barker hit back for Goole five minutes after the hour.

However, Anthony Malbon made sure of an away victory when he converted a 90th-minute penalty.