Baker’s brace puts albion top of table

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Tadcaster Albion moved top of the NCE Premier Division as their quality of finishing prevailed in a 4-1 victory against Bridlington Town on Tuesday night.

Lewis Clarkson returned to the i2i stadium with Brid and as always when a player returns to his former club he scored, after just nine minutes.

George Conway levelled things up just before half-time with a trademark Conway screamer and another goal by centre-back Andy Milne got Taddy in front in the second half before Adam Baker wrapped the three points up with two brilliant goals which were identical.

Tadcaster Albion would go top with a win as the cold temperatures of September arrived but it was the visitors who got off to the brighter start and took the lead after just nine minutes through a familiar face.

Former Brewer Clarkson was given too much space as he entered the penalty area and his low powerful strike had enough on it to creep under Gary Stevens in the Taddy goal.

The Brewers were struggling to get going in the first half and the young Bridlington side were impressing and excelling and spurned several decent chances.

Firstly a cross from the left by Ruhanduka bobbled all the way through to Joel Sutton waiting on the edge of the box who struck well but was deflected narrowly over the crossbar.

Clarkson came close on several occasions as his lofted header dropped just wide and then he beat goalkeeper Stevens to the ball but his shot was cleared off the line by Andy Milne.

It took a moment of sheer brilliance from Conway in the 43rd minute to get the home side back in it. Conway picked the ball up 27 yards out, looked up and got just the right amount of dip on the strike to incredibly loop over James Hitchcock in the Brid goal.

Into the second half and it was the visitors once again who nearly gained a foothold as that man Ruhanduka saw his shot hooked off the line from a dangerous corner.

Eleven minutes into the second half Taddy should have taken the lead as Paddy Miller’s marauding run ended up rolling into the path of Conway who shaped one to the far corner which agonisingly smashed the post and away from danger.

With an hour gone Bridlington nearly took the leadwhen skipper Ash Allanson just had Stevens to beat but the goalkeeper pulled off a phenomenal point blank save.

Tadcaster did score the crucial third goal of the game with 17 minutes left of normal time. Josh Greening floated a free-kick into the danger zone which fortunately dropped to Andy Milne who blasted into the back of the net from close range.

The victory was wrapped up seven minutes from time. Adam Baker broke down the right-hand side, cut back onto his left-foot and smashed a shot into the top corner to send that sigh of relief all around the i2i stadium.

Six minutes later Baker made it 4-1 with a carbon copy of his first goal into the top left-hand corner which rounded off another terrific victory for The Brewers.

Tadcaster Albion: Stevens, Armstrong (Barrett 89), Miller, Milne, Heath (c), Claisse, Greening, Ormsby, Conway (Black 74), Beadle (Clayton 89), Baker. Subs not used: Woodhead, Beestin.

Meanwhile, Albion crashed out of the FA Cup on Saturday, losing 5-2 to Colne.

Tadcaster led 2-1 at one stage thanks to goals from Matt Heath and Liam Ormsby but four unanswered goals saw Colne progress to the next round.