Tadcaster Albion are looking ahead to the ‘biggest game in the club’s history’ after securing a last-minute 3-2 away win against Maltby Main on Saturday.
Paul Marshall’s side were looking to get back to winning ways after their dreams of a historic quadruple came crashing down on Monday (February 16), with a 3-2 defeat to Bradford Park Avenue in the West Riding County Cup semi final.
However, it was the home side that twice shocked Tad by taking the lead in the first half, either side of Lewis Clarkson’s third goal in two games.
With 10 minutes to play and still trailing it seemed that Tadcaster would have their league lead cut until substitute Daniel Gray’s equaliser before Calum Ward’s penalty sealed the points with his first kick of the game.
After the match, Marshall was quick to quash rumblings of Tadcaster suffering a recent dip in form and insisted the last-minute winner was an indication of the quality of the squad.
He said: “We are still unbeaten in the league since losing to Shaw Lane and we have a good record at the moment but people think that we have had a bit of a wobble.
“I don’t think it’s much of a wobble when you draw with Handsworth who were one of the title favourites at the start of the season and have taken four points off Shaw Lane.
“You can’t win every single game and we know that football does not work like that so we’re keeping expectations to the level they should be.
“It’s a huge win for us because the pressure was on the players but they have responded again. I was not concerned at half time because I thought we would still go on and win the game.”
Tadcaster will now turn their attention to the high-profile FA Vase clash against Highworth Town on Saturday, leaving Marshall with the difficult task of choosing a starting 11 for the historic tie.
He said: “There is still a great spirit in the squad but there are a few moaning and groaning that they are not playing but there’s nothing I can do about that so it’s very difficult.
“I think there is definitely a buzz around the town and a lot of people are talking about the tie here and in the surrounding areas of Leeds, York and Harrogate.
“It’s great for the town because we need to put it on the map. Highworth lost at the weekend but they did not put their full team out so they’re taking this game very seriously but they have not got a league to play for.
“We will train twice this week and have a nice week of preparation with no game to worry about and hopefully we can keep the run going.”