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Lee Ashforth leaves Harrogate Railway

Lee Ashforth

Published at 12:27pm 6th September 2016. (Updated at 5:21pm 6th September 2016)

Harrogate Railway boss Lee Ashforth says he has "no regrets" after announcing his resignation.

The former player guided the club to relegation in his first year in management, but had overseen a reasonable start to the season, before a run of three straight defeats and an FA Cup exit.

Ashforth said: "It is with a heavy heart that I have tendered my resignation at Harrogate Railway Athletic Football Club.

"The club has been a huge part of my footballing career, spending three years as a player and now into my fifth as part of the management team.

"Results started well this season, winning four from six, but then losing three on the trot and the manner of the defeats has left me in an uncomfortable position.

"I leave with no regrets, as I feel I have given my all to a role that has been difficult at times, but has allowed me to fulfil a dream of being a football manager at a club that I love.

"I have made some great friends at the club and I sincerely hope that my successor feels as warmly welcomed as I have done and brings this great club the success that it deserves.

"I cannot name everyone individually, so thanks to all for the support I have been given and the players for their huge effort and commitment.

"My aim is to have a few days off and re-evaluate what I want to do and to get back into football when I feel ready and the right opportunity arises."

In a statement, Harrogate Railway has thanked him for his time at the club.

A spokesperson said: "[We] would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Lee for his time at the club as both player and manager, all his hard work and to wish him all the best for the future.

"A further announcement about who will be placed in temporary charge of the first team will be made tomorrow.

"We are now inviting applications for the first team manager's role, to be made in writing via post or e-mail the Football Secretary, David Shepherd (shep@therailfc.com)."