A Josh Greening brace helped Tadcaster Albion get back to winning ways with a 2-1 home success over Radcliffe Borough in Evo-Stik Division One North.
Following back-to-back defeats to Farsley Celtic and Ossett Town, Brewers boss Billy Miller recalled two-goal Greening, Jimmy Beadle and Steve Jeff to the starting XI.
And Taddy responded in the perfect way, breaking the deadlock after just four minutes.
Conor Sellars did well originally to keep Rob Youhill’s deep cross in-play before Jeff’s pull-back was miscontrolled by Timmy Raheem and fired into the bottom corner emphatically by Josh Greening.
The Brewers were looking for a quick reaction after consecutive poor performances and they certainly got that as Radcliffe struggled to cope with the early hoard of yellow pressure.
Youhill looked lively on the right with Borough left-back Daniel Ashburner struggling to deal with the sheer directness of the winger.
It was Youhill’s pinpoint cross in the ninth minute which almost resulted in Taddy doubling their lead, skipper Beadle guiding a header onto the roof of the net.
After a vibrant opening 20 minutes from Tad, the away side began to grow into the game and venture further forward.
When Radcliffe did carve out an opportunity to try and test Michael Ingham in the Taddy goal, Andy Milne was in the right place to block Jack Hindle’s strike.
Albion still looked threatening and full of ideas going forward through the likes of Youhill, Beadle and Greening, and two of the aforementioned combined for what would have been an extraordinary goal.
Youhill got the better of Ashburner once again and put in a simply sublime rabona cross to Beadle who controlled well but half-volleyed over the crossbar.
With Ingham virtually a spectator for the first portion of the contest, he was then made to work incredibly hard to keep his side in the lead.
Borough captain Hindle cut inside from the left and unleased a bullet which looked destined for the top corner, but the Tad stopper flew up to his right and brilliantly tipped over.
That save proved to be even more pivotal moments later as Taddy doubled their lead courtesy of Josh Greening once again.
He orchestrated this goal all by himself as firstly he outmuscled Ishmail Suliemam, then nutmegged Jacques Kpohomouh and outpaced Dilon Lomas before rounding it off with a cool finish under Borough goalkeeper Matthew Johnson.
With half-time approaching it was almost game-over as the woodwork saved Radcliffe from further woe.
After scoring a stunning goal in the defeat to Ossett Town on Tuesday night, Jason Mycoe was almost at it again as the midfielder saw his strike from 25 yards deflect off Lomas and onto the crossbar with Beadle volleying the rebound narrowly wide.
Into the second half and the visitors were almost in deeper trouble after getting caught out while over-playing at the back, but Beadle couldn’t quite beat Johnson in the Borough goal to add number three.
Taddy’s tempo and urgency dropped off somewhat in the second period as Radcliffe grew in confidence. Elliot Rokka looked lively when on the ball and he had a fantastic chance to pull a goal back on the hour mark.
The attacker was played clean through on goal but Ingham stood tall and blocked with his legs.
Radcliffe did however pull a goal back in the 66th minute when former Manchester City youngster Frank Van Gils cut inside from the left and curled an unstoppable strike into the top right-hand corner.
The goal certainly gave the visitors confidence in abundance, and the tension began to grow at the i2i stadium.
Pressure began to pile up on the Brewers as the game turned into a contest of attack versus defence, but luckily for Tad, Hindle and Raul Corriea couldn’t keep their cool in front of goal.
Albion struggled to keep hold of the ball and looked somewhat jittery as full-time approached.
It was no great surprise when Rokka was afforded another chance to level the scores in stoppage time, but former Northern Ireland international Ingham stood tall once more, ensuring that the Brewers held on to an important three points.
Tadcaster Albion: Ingham, Barrett (Morgan 63), Jeff, Milne, Anderson, Mycoe, Youhill (Binns 76), Beadle (c), Jono Greening, Josh Greening, Sellars