Miller remaining coy on Tadcaster Albion title chances despite "upper hand" gained over Worksop

Billy Miller was overjoyed by his Tadcaster Albion team's performance against Worksop (Photo: Ian Parker)
Billy Miller was overjoyed by his Tadcaster Albion team's performance against Worksop (Photo: Ian Parker)
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Billy Miller refused to make his Tadcaster Albion side favourites to win the Northern Counties East League Premier despite their convincing 4-1 win over Worksop Town on Saturday.

Goals from Adam Baker, Jimmy Beadle and Josh Greening (2) gave the Brewers a third win over the league leaders this season.

With the three points in the bag, Albion are now up to fourth and Miller’s side would command a three-point cushion at the top if they won their matches in hand.

Worksop are one point above Bridlington Town at the top but both have played more matches than Tadcaster and third-placed Handsworth Parramore.

Handsworth have three games in hand on Worksop and lie two points behind, with Albion a further three points adrift but with an extra two matches in their pocket.

Asked whether Tad are now the front-runners, Tad boss Miller said: "I'm not so sure about title favourites.

"There are a number of other teams in it. Handsworth are very strong, even though we beat them at their place, they are capable of beating anyone on their day.

"Cleethorpes, who have gone out of the Vase, will turn their focus to the league now and with Bridlington, Gary (Allanson) has been there before and knows how to win the league.

"I am sure they will all have a say in what’s going on.

"For us, it now gives us the upper hand over Worksop. Three games this season and we have beaten them convincingly three times.

Albion beat Worksop for a third time this season - and a second by the scoreline 4-1 (Photo: Ian Parker)

Albion beat Worksop for a third time this season - and a second by the scoreline 4-1 (Photo: Ian Parker)

"We still have to play all the other title rivals, but it’s only one game. What they have to do is go and beat everyone else. It will be the team that does that that will win the league."

The size of Albion’s success may have raised a few eye-brows across the division, especially given that the atrocious weather conditions made it heavy going for both sets of players at Selby Town’s Richard Street ground.

The Brewers have only played two matches since the turn of the year but their fitness was superior in the latter parts of the game.

Miller said: "We train really, really hard. We do a half an hour cross-fit session every training session.

The NCEL Premier table

The NCEL Premier table

"We have done that now for two or three years at previous clubs. I think it was noticeable last year at Harrogate Railway and it’s noticeable again this year at Taddy Albion.

“Everyone joins in from Jono Greening and Matt Heath who have been at the highest level to the youngest lads.

"There’s a great sense of achievement when you complete it. It’s hard, it’s rigorous and it prepares you for a long hard season."

Albion soaked up a lot of pressure from Worksop in an even first half but were clinical in attack - scoring from all four of their shots on target.

On their method to beat the Nottinghamshire outfit, Miller said: "Worksop are a very good footballing side. They move the ball well and keep it alive well.

"They commit men forward so any team that plays them, if they can soak up pressure and make sure they don’t get caught by the blind side runs. They commit very high up the pitch and send the full-backs high up the pitch.

Josh Greening sealed Taddy's win with two goals in the second half (Photo: Ian Parker)

Josh Greening sealed Taddy's win with two goals in the second half (Photo: Ian Parker)

"For us, it was a case of making sure we could transfer possession into our hands and switch play quickly, and with a purpose.

"Three of our four goals came from three or four passes."