NCEL: Carl Stewart late show pulls Tadcaster Albion four clear

Albion's Denny Ingram (Ian Parker)
Albion's Denny Ingram (Ian Parker)

Last gasp hero Carl Stewart has been backed by Tadcaster Albion manager Paul Marshall to continue his goalscoring form against his former club Pickering Town on Saturday.

Stewart was in the right place in the 90th minute at Long Eaton on Saturday to head home the rebound after Terry Taylor’s lob hit the bar.

The goal gave Albion a 1-0 win against the East Midlands side and extended their unbeaten run in NCEL Premier to six matches.

It also took Stewart’s personal goal tally past the 30-mark, the striker’s target for the campaign.

And with rivals Barton Town Old Boys slipping up against Parkgate, Albion stretched their lead at the top of the table to four points.

“It could be a massive extra two points come the end of season,” said the gaffer.

“It was a very ugly game.

“Their tactics were to frustrate us and waste time from the first minutes.

“Their manager apologised to me after the game, but he felt it was the only way they could get the points.

“But Terry came on and lobbed the keeper and it fell nicely to Carl from the bar.

“Carl scores some big goals for us, but there will be no bigger than that.

“It keeps the gap nicely placed to Barton behind.”

Marshall praised his “awesome” defence for containing their opponents for a 15th clean sheet of the season.

He added: “George Bissett has come back in and he’s looking strong, and Josh Barrett is improving every game at right-back.

“The partnership between Matt Sparkes and Denny Ingram speaks for itself, they have kept 14 clean sheets out of 28 games together.”

Albion have predicted that more than 500 fans will turn up to 2inspire Park for Pickering’s visit on Saturday.

More than 100 Brewers supporters travelled to Pickering when Marshall’s men thrashed their rivals 4-0 in November.

Stewart, Stu Rice and Arran Reid will come up their former employers. The visitors could feature former Albion man Tony Hackworth, who left Tad to be Town’s assistant boss.

Jamie Williamson (hamstring) is Marshall’s only injury concern for the contest.

Town have enjoyed an upsurge since Mark Cook took back the reins late last year following Jimmy Reid’s dismissal and the North Yorkshire side lie fifth.

Marshall added: “It’s going to be a big game for the Town.

“We are desperate to win, and they will be desperate to beat us to finish as high as possible.

“They are a very attractive team going forward and we are good at the back.

“Hopefully, it should be a really entertaining game.”