FA Vase Preview: Tadcaster Albion ‘focused’ ahead of historic clash

Tadcaster Albion's Callum Ward
Tadcaster Albion's Callum Ward

Tadcaster Albion manager Paul Marshall said he is ‘keeping focussed and staying level headed’ despite his side’s crucial FA Vase clash away at AFC Mansfield on Saturday.

Excitement has been growing at the i2i Stadium since Callum Ward’s strike against Brocton on January 17 set up Tadcaster’s biggest clash of the season against their NCEL Division One opponents.

Since their fourth round victory, Tadcaster have won beaten Glasshoughton Welfare and Retford United and will be welcoming back Denny Ingram and Josh Greening from injury.

More than 200 fans are expected to make the trip to Mansfield but, despite the anticipation and hype of the clash, Marshall has insisted he will be not be losing his head with excitement.

He said: “I will be getting more excited as the week progresses but I’m quite level headed and I’m trying to stay quite calm about everything.

“Win, lose or draw I’m used to playing in big games and I will keep focussed. I don’t get too upbeat when we win and I don’t get too downhearted when we lose.

“After 17 years of managing you get used to these type of games. We will train on Tuesday and Thursday and hopefully we can have two good sessions before the match.

“I will probably go to watch Mansfield again this week and I went to watch them on Saturday after our game was postponed.

“They won 4-1 and I will say they are a well organised team and they go from back to front very quickly. They battled hard to win that game and got three of their goals from set pieces.”

The clash will see some of Marshall’s players reacquainted with their former manager Rudi Funk who is now in charge of Mansfield, and the Tadcaster boss said he will be holding conversations with those players to ‘combat’ his style of football.

One player who won’t be involved in the clash is midfielder Tom Claisse after his red card against Shaw Lane on January 6 and Marshall admitted he will be a big loss for the side.

He said: “It’s a shame because he was just getting into his best form. He was outstanding against Brocton and he’s very disappointed about it but I can bring in Danny Patterson who’s come into the club to strengthen the squad.

“It’s a massive game and there is obviously a lot at stake for both clubs and I think it will be a case of who performs better on the day.

“This is a great credit to the lads and to i2i Sports who have generated such a buzz around the club with the amount of money spent on the ground and the facilities.”