Corner double moves Taddy up to third

Tom Corner scored twice to fire Taddy to victory over Droylsden. Picture: Matthew Appleby

Tom Corner scored twice to fire Taddy to victory over Droylsden. Picture: Matthew Appleby

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Tom Corner’s second-half brace earned Tadcaster Albion a 2-1 home win over Droylsden, moving the Brewers up to third place in the Evo-Stik Division One North standings.

Taddy made two changes to the side that lost at Glossop in the FA Trophy with Liam Shepherd coming in at left-back and Gregg Anderson returning to captain the side.

It was Droylsden who started the contest the better, with Liam Caddick mustering a shot on target inside four minutes.

Taddy’s first meaningful attack came two minutes later when Rob Youhill got the better of Adam Farrell before digging a cross out for Josh Greening, but the latter’s header was deflected into the grateful arms of James Coates.

Anderson then came close to breaking the deadlock after a quarter of an hour, but the defender saw his shot blocked on the line by Sean Clancy.

Anderson was involved again from another corner moments later as his powerful header towards goal was flicked over the bar by Corner.

The visitors were seeing the vast majority of the ball in the first half without creating any serious chances on goal, although Billy Hasler-Cregg was looking dangerous cutting in from the right-hand side.

He almost gave the Bloods the lead by doing just that, bending narrowly wide of Michael Ingham’s goal.

The away side ramped up the pressure as the half went on and Clancy’s lofted free-kick evaded everyone and once again bounced just wide of the left-hand upright.

If a goal was to come, it was looking likely that it would come from a set-piece as Anderson saw his effort cleared off the line once again.

Albion were struggling to get into any sort of rhythm, in contrast to Droylsden who were growing in confidence by the minute on an autumnal Saturday.

The Brewers would have been trailing inside half an hour if it wasn’t for Josh Barrett and gloveman Ingham.

First of all, Barrett flew across to superbly block Caddick’s shot at goal, and then moments later Ingham showed his class, keeping the same man out with a terrific left-handed stop.

Taddy did create one very good chance in the half and that came two minutes from the interval.

Youhill’s teasing, driven cross was weighted perfectly for Conor Sellars who swept first time towards the far corner, but Coates got down well to his right to push the ball out of Corner’s path.

The home side were forced into making a change right on the stroke of half-time as Anderson limped off with a leg injury which saw Fatlum Ibrahimi enter the fray, Barrett move to centre-back and Jason Mycoe move to right-back.

Brewers boss Billy Miller opted to change the shape at half-time to match their opponents, and the move almost paid dividend immediately.

Josh Greening set Corner away in behind the Bloods’ defence, but a fantastic recovery tackle from away skipper Domaine Rouse denied him.

Droylsden continued to knock at the door at the start of the second half as Ingham had to be on his toes to beat away Jack Rudge’s strike.

It was however a somewhat uneventful start to the half with both sides working hard on and off the ball to gain an advantage, but creating very little in front of goal.

The introduction of Adam Baker seemed to have a positive impact on the Brewers as they started to go through the motions and put their opponents under some scrutiny.

Taddy did then break the deadlock and their recent duck in the 69th minute through top-scorer Corner.

Rouse was touch tight to the Tad frontman inside the six-yard box, but when Sellars’ corner kick came in, the defender had no chance as Corner flicked past Coates and into the back of the net.

Despite going behind, Droylsden continued to plug away at the Brewers’ resolute defence and they wanted a penalty kick with 13 minutes to go, unlucky for some though as the visiting attacker was booked for diving.

Adam Farrell then looked to drive around Barrett, but after minimal contact and a theatrical fall, the striker was cautioned for simulation by referee Jan Suchecki.

Albion then inflicted further misery on the visitors as Corner rounded off a sublime move to make it two for Tad and two for himself.

Sellars slid the ball in behind to substitute Baker, who could have fired at goal directly, but unselfishly chose to square it across to Corner who again couldn’t miss from five yards, netting his seventh of the season.

It wasn’t to be a straightforward end to the game for Miller’s men, however, as Droylsden pulled a goal back with six minutes to play.

Substitute Lingouba Amour Cesaire wriggled his way past Any Milne down the right-hand side before pulling back to Adam Farrell who fired past Ingham.

But it was all too little too late for the visitors as Albion held on to all three points, keeping up their unbeaten home league record.