NCEL title was for people of Tadcaster says Brewers boss Miller

Jimmy Beadle lifts the NCEL title (Photo: Keith Handley)
Jimmy Beadle lifts the NCEL title (Photo: Keith Handley)
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Billy Miller dedicated Tadcaster Albion’s title win to the people of the flood-hit town.

His side finally wrapped up the NCEL Premier Division championship and secured promotion to the Evo-Stik Leagues on Thursday last week.

Lethal pair Josh Greening and Adam Baker scored the crucial goals as Albion beat Armthorpe Welfare 2-1 in front of a packed crowd at the i2i Stadium.

The Brewers then sparked more celebrations with a dramatic come-from-behind victory over Athersley Recreation 4-3 on Saturday to leave them with a club record points tally of 98 for the campaign.

Miller’s men remain on course to make the 2015/16 season one never to forget with a league and cup double still on the cards after beating Albion Sports 2-1 on Tuesday night.

The celebrations marked the end of an emotional league campaign for the Brewers, who went a large chunk of the season without a game due to the record rain levels over Christmas.

Josh and Jonathan Greening flank Billy Miller (Photo: Keith Handley)

Josh and Jonathan Greening flank Billy Miller (Photo: Keith Handley)

The town of Tadcaster was split in half as the connecting bridge partially collapsed under the pressure of flood water and the football club played a leading role in erecting a temporary footbridge in February.

That bridge was dedicated to the club’s popular barmaid Sonny Lang, who lost her battle with cystic fibrosis.

Miller said: “Our resilience was born out of the how the town dealt with the floods and how the town and club united with the passing of Sonny. We have all been in it together.”

Albion have seen a 27 per cent increase in attendances throughout their championship winning campaign and more than 800 turned out to witness Miller’s men win the title against Armthorpe.

That crowd was followed with 613 flooding through the gates to see Tad come back from three goals down to beat Athersley, when they received the NCEL trophy.

“It shows how much it means to people,” Miller added.“The town has suffered this year but they have put on a united front. It’s a great town, a great place to be and a great project to be involved with.”