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hsb  Tadcaster Albion v Bradford City. Jamie Williamson.  (120721M4a)
hsb Tadcaster Albion v Bradford City. Jamie Williamson. (120721M4a)
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Tadcaster Albion laid down a marker in Saturday’s 2-1 victory away at Bridlington; don’t count us out of anything.

Paul Marshall’s troops bounced back in style to clinch three valuable NCEL Premier points from the opening game of the season, despite the gaffer being away for the clash.

Tuesday night then saw them consolidate Saturday’s result with a 2-0 victory against tricky customers Winterton Rangers at home.

Robert Pell opened the scoring with a goal in the ninth minutes before Stuart Rice added a second in in the 31st, Tad’ defending their lead until the whistle.

And now, just a week into the new season, attention turns to the most magical competition of all: the FA Cup (3pm).

Heading to The Parkon Saturday are tough North ern League Division One opponents Consett, and Albion will face a stern test of their mettle.

But they both some pretty impressive cup credential themselves, having progressed to the second qualifying round last season, only to be knocked out by two late goals at Blue Square North side FC Halifax Town.

Marshall himself led Harrogate Railway to the second round proper in 2002, and Albion reached the second round of the FA Vase last season, before being dumped out by another Northern League side: Whitley Bay, who had won for the past three years.

President Kevin Derry is hoping Saturday signals the start of a good cup run, and that the town can get behind the team as they take the first step on the road to Wembley.

“Last week was an amazing start to the season for us; we’ve not had the smoothest build-up to the season what with flooding and bad weatherbut we played well and we deserved it,” he said.

“It gives us that bit of confidence and that’s what we’ll need going into this weekend.

“We had a taste of the FA Cup last year and it was great for the club; we came close to an upset until late on.

“Consett won’t be easy, there’s no such thing as an easy team from the Northern League.

“They seem to concentrate on the cups rather than the league, and they always seem to do well in this cup and the Vase.

“But we’ve got home advantage and I think there’s a more professional approach this year.

“We’d love it if more people couldcome down for the game , it should be a good one.

“If we get through we should be set for home draws in the next few rounds and that could take us a long way.”