GOING UP! Tadcaster Albion secure promotion and NCEL title

Tadcaster Albion have secured promotion into the Evo-Stik League
Tadcaster Albion have secured promotion into the Evo-Stik League
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Tadcaster Albion sealed a historic promotion and the Northern Counties East League title with a 2-1 victory over Armthorpe Welfare on Thursday night.

Josh Greening hit the post twice in the opening exchanges before heading Albion into the lead in front of a packed crowd at the i2i Stadium.

Adam Baker doubled the advantage with an exquisite finish soon after the break to ease any home nerves.

Armthorpe halved the deficit late on but it was not enough to ruin Tad's party as the victory sparked pandemonium.

The three points have given Taddy an unassailable lead over rivals Handsworth Parramore in the title race with one game spare.

The leading pair broke free of the chasing pack at the beginning of April and have fought out a topsy-turvy battle for the championship during a busy end of season schedule.

Albion's win over Welfare was their seventh in the last two weeks, with victories secured in all but their 4-2 defeat to Maltby Main on Wednesday, April 20.

With one game remaining, Billy Miller's men have collected 95 points and scored 113 goals in the process.

Miller took over as Tadcaster boss at the end of last season and has delivered the promotion much-craved by Albion's ambitious owners i2i Sports at the first attempt.

Promotion will take Albion into the Evo-Stik League for the first time in their history, replacing Miller's former club Harrogate Railway who have been relegated.