Paul plots end to Vase woe

9th March  2013'Tadcaster Albion v Bridlington.'Pictured Tadcasters Stuart Rice scores the winning goal of the game'Picture by Gerard Binks
9th March 2013'Tadcaster Albion v Bridlington.'Pictured Tadcasters Stuart Rice scores the winning goal of the game'Picture by Gerard Binks
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Tadcaster Albion boss Paul Marshall is targeting an FA Vase run in a competition he has “always been unlucky in”.

Albion travel to Northern League Division Two leaders Birtley Town on Saturday in the FA Vase first qualifying round.

And Marshall men will head up the A1 to the Tyne and Wear side in prime form, having cruised past Maltby Main 2-0 on Saturday and Armthorpe Welfare 4-1 on Tuesday.

Town are unbeaten in the league this term and Marshall said he expected the Northerners to have firepower.

“They have won five, drawn two and lost none,” he said.

“I believe they have a link to Gateshead reserves so they will have some good young players. But we have good youngsters as well.

“I’ve always been unlucky in the FA Vase. I’ve done much better in the FA Cup. We are going to be targeting it.

“You get £600 for winning. Where we are at the moment it is imperative we get through.”

Goal machine Carl Stewart could return from a knee injury for a starting berth.

“If I can get 45 minutes out of Carl and he scores two goals, it might be a gamble worth taking,” said Marshall.

Captain Nick Thompson is missing for the cup clash and he is also unavailable for Wednesday night’s trip to 15th-placed Heanor Town.

A cup draw on Saturday would alter the schedule and Birtley would visit Ings Lane for a replay on Tuesday.

Marshall joked that would be the ideal scenario to cancel the two-hour trip to Derbyshire side Heanor.

“It’s a long drive on a Wednesday night. You sometimes worry about who is putting together the scheduling of these games,” he added.

Defender Matt Sparkes is away and George Bissett is out following a hand operation.

Stuart Rice and Bissett grabbed second half against Main and Rice was in amongst the goals again on Tuesday, netting two.

Debutant Vincent Dhesi and Dan Coupland also made the score-sheet as Albion rose to sixth in the NCEL Premier.

“The lads worked hard against two teams that weren’t brilliant,” added Marshall.

“It moves us up the league, it’s a bit more respectable.

“There are a lot of positives to take from what started off a bit quiet.

“I told Stuart he should be scoring a goal a game against teams like them. He’s looked very lively and sharp.”