Invincible Tad march on

Demmy Ingram, Tadcaster Albion
Demmy Ingram, Tadcaster Albion

Paul Marshall saluted central defenders Denny Ingram and Mathew Sparkes as the rock that has inspired their incredible unbeaten run.

Ingram found the net as Albion kept up their NCEL Premier run against Heanor Town at the 2inspire Stadium on Saturday.

And the veteran’s vital role in defence alongside Sparks silenced Heanor’s prolific strikeforce as Albion earned a 2-0 win.

The clean sheet was the Brewers fourth in their last five games, and Marshall said not shipping goals was key to their successes.

“Denny has been massive for us since we moved him to centre-back,” he said.

“Him and Sparksy at the back have done exceptionally well.

“It hasn’t mattered who we have played at full-back, because we have chopped and changed a bit there this year, those two have been the main stay.

“I have just started putting Denny up for corners as we weren’t scoring many goals from them.

“Low and behold he has scored one and would have scored another but it was an own goal (against Armthorpe Welfare).”

George Bissett made his long-awaited return to first team action against Heanor, and he helped marshal a visiting strikeforce that has scored 36 goals on its travel this term.

Ingram opened the scoring after eight minutes before Josh Barrett sealed three points 10 minutes into the second period.

“It could easily have been four or five,” added Marshall.

“We missed a few chances at the end. We were very comfortable throughout.”

The 162 supporters that turned out at Ings Lane was a record high for the season, and Marshall praised the atmosphere since new owners i2i Sports completed their takeover.

Jamie Williamson remains Albion’s only injury worry ahead of the trip to title challengers Thackley on Saturday.

Albion beat Thackley 2-0 at home earlier this season, but, having missed several key players that day, Marshall anticipates a stronger opponent when his league leaders arrive.

And, with fifth-placed Albion Sports awaiting the following week, Marshall urged his squad to maintain their unbeaten form until Christmas.

“Those two matches will be very tough games,” said Marshall. “If we can get through those two with wins I will have a very happy Christmas.”