Harrogate Railway Athletic boss Lee Ashforth boss admits it is a relief to know his future is secure as boss as they search for promotion back to the Evo-Stik Leagues.

Railway were relegated from the Evo Stik Division One North and moved down to the NCEL Premier Divison, Ashforth admits he was glad to sort it out but he did have other offers:Harrogate Railway Athletic

“I’d had calls from other people around the game, to see if I was available if it had been decided that I would leave the club, so I could help other clubs, in different capacities, but I met with the committee and was told of their decision, we now have to move on and look towards next year in the NCEL Premier Division.”

After several years of being a part of coaching staffs, this was Ashforth’s first role as a manager and he admits despite Railway going down, he learned many things: “I was always going to make mistakes, but I learn from everything I have done, you enjoy every challenge, I’ve wanted to manage since I was playing even before that when I was a teenager, but if I don’t make the same mistake twice, then the process continues.”

Speaking about the challenge in the new league, Ashforth knows the challenge will be tough: “The NCEL Prem is a difficult division, only one team goes up, some of the sides will have better budgets, which means we have to make a squad good and try and force our way to the top places and in the end the actually top of the division.

I am a year down the line, we will have a smaller squad and plenty of pre-season games and that is how we will start a base to gain what we want next year.”

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