Red hot Tad Albion close on top spot

hsb  Tadcaster Albion v Nostell Miners Welfare. Number 7.  (130914M5b)
hsb Tadcaster Albion v Nostell Miners Welfare. Number 7. (130914M5b)

Tadcaster Albion equalled their best winning run in the Northern Counties East Premier as they ground out a 2-0 victory over leaders Thackley.

Vincent Dhesi’s first half strike and a late Dan Barrett penalty secured the three points at the 2inspire Stadium.

Albion were also in commanding form on Saturday when they smashed struggling Nostell Miners Welfare 4-1, who remain without a point.

The two victories stretched Albion’s winning run in the league to five matches, level with their all-time best since they won promotion to the NCEL Premier Division in 2010.

They are also unbeaten in their last seven league meetings. The Thackley victory hauled Paul Marshall’s men up to second in the table, one point behind their Bradford-based rivals.

Retford United joined Albion on 20 points and bumped The Brewers down one place after beating Long Eaton United 1-0 on Wednesday night.

Thackley went into the match having won their opening seven games, scoring 22 goals in the process.

But Albion kept their topscorer Matthew Mathers quiet for the 90 minutes and through Dhesi and Barrett they took the points.

Goalkeeper Leon Wrigglesworth made his return between the sticks on Tuesday, after making an outfield appearance in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Welfare.

Wrigglesworth broke his arm before the season start but has made a swift return to fitness. His return could pose a selection headache for Marshall after the impressive form of 19-year-old reserve stopper Peter Lawrie.

“In Peter and Leon, we could have the best two ‘keepers in the league in two years or three years time,” assistant manager Mike Morton said.

“They are both confident keepers.”

Albion were also in scorching form on Saturday but they needed three second-half goals to thrash rock-bottom Welfare.

In contrast to Thackley, Welfare were without a point heading into the match and Ben Turner capitalised on their low confidence to open the scoring after 15 minutes.

Welfare equalised 10 minutes later, but strikes from James Coupland, Will Pepper and an own goal secured Albion three points.

The victory ended Mark Greaves’ spell in charge of Nostell, with former Ossett Albion Reserve manager Darren Holmes taking over the helm.

Marshall’s men host fifth-placed Retford United on Saturday as they aim to cement their best NCEL Premier run (kick-off 3pm).

Retford rose above Albion into second after beating Long Eaton United 1-0 on Wednesday night.

Last year’s Division One champions Albion Sports entertain Albion this Wednesday evening.

Captain Nick Thompson should return after a two-week break on holiday.

Albion have announced former Premier Legaue footballer Matt Le Tissier will speak at the club on Thursday, October 3.

Tickets are £35. Contact Kevin Derry on 07836712708 for details.