TADCASTER Albion boss Paul Marshall will be hoping a former Brewers gaffer is as sick as a Pike tomorrow, as Tad’ face Pickering in another crucial NCEL Premier League test.
Marshall took over the reins at Albion after Jimmy Reid’s two year spell as The Park’s leader ended.
Since then, Albion have gone on an incredible run of success, winning Division One promotion and lifting the President’s Cup, as well as successful Vase and FA Cup journeys.
Reid, after taking a spell out of the game when he left Tadcaster, has come in and sparked a mini Pikes revival at Pickering Town.
The club were looking dead certs to be in the relegation dogfight after a poor start to the campaign.
But an impressive 1-1 draw against Retford and victories over Nostell and Barton Town Old Boys have instilled more confidence in Reid’s men, with a vitally important month ready to start.
His opposition gaffer can’t wait for the clash. Especially after Albion’s 3-0 victory over Long Eaton United on Saturday.
On-loan Bradford Park Avenue man Billy Law scored a brace and Russell Headley the other.
“It should be a really good game,” said Marshall.
“I’ve known Jimmy for years, we worked together when we were at Goole and he rings me every week now looking for players.
“He’s done a really good job since he’s gone into Pickering. Yes they got a bit of a thrashing by Parkgate last week, but they are a good side.”
An interesting sub-plot was all set to play out during the game if Tad’ ‘keeper Arran Reid would have played.
Arran is of course Jimmy’s son, his other son is currently at Pickering after moving from Albion earlier in the season.
“Arran is suspended so he won’t play,” continued Marshall.
“I’m glad actually because he could have been a bit nervous playing against his dad.”
Pickering boss Reid, meanwhile, is also licking his lips before the battle.
“I’m really looking forward to it, seeing some faces again, and it makes it a wee bit more interesting with me managing Taddy before,” he said.
“I know Marshy well and we’ve tried to help each other out over the years with players.
“It will be good to see some of the others too.
“And Kevin Derry owes me a pint!
“They are flying high and they should beat us about 4-0. For us a draw would be a good result.
“No-one can complain if we make a few changes on Saturday, as we were thrashed last week.”
Reid’s last few months at Albion were particularly tough ones with the club struggling financially.
The Scot left the club at the end of the campaign, but insists there’s no bad feeling.
“I’m not a fellow who bears grudges,” said Reid.
“I was disappointed as I ran the first team for six months without any money.
“But there’s enough people bitter and twisted in this world that’s why there are so many wars.”