NCEL: Four in and two out at transforming Tadcaster Albion

Matt Sparkes in action for Tadcaster Albion on Saturday
Matt Sparkes in action for Tadcaster Albion on Saturday

As the world of football focused on the Football League deadline day, Tadcaster Albion were themselves embarking on a transfer merry-go-round.

Manager Paul Marshall has brought four new players through the doors at the i2i Stadium but Danny Critchlow and 17-year-old Mitchell Hamilton have made way.

Former Evo-Stik player Tom Claisse has added experience to the midfield while Tom Chamberlain has been snapped up following his release from York City. Former player Arran Hudson has also been re-signed after returning from injury, while ex-Farsley goalkeeper Tom Morgan will provide an experienced head between the sticks.

However, boss Paul Marshall still feels the Brewers are one striker short of the desired squad to lead them into the Evo-Stik Northern Leagues.

Youth prodigy Hamilton is on the verge of signing for Eccleshill United and Critchlow has rejoined former outfit Nostell Miners Welfare.

Carl Stewart will also miss the whole of September due to a suspension carried over from ill-discipline in the York Sunday League last season.

Marshall said: “We still could do with another forward in if possible.

“Losing Mitchell is a massive blow but he isn’t quite ready to start for us week in week out. That’s what Eccleshill have promised him.

“He thinks it’s better for him at this moment in time, but we are going to keep an eye on him.”

The boss added: “We have to have a squad of players this year. We are going to be rotating them and the players need to realise that.

“We will only take a new striker if we can find a quality forward. We won’t be bringing anyone in unless they are exceptional.”

This Saturday, Albion welcome top of the table rivals from last year Barton Town Old Boys, before North Yorkshire rivals and holders Knaresborough Town arrive in the League Cup on Tuesday night.

Despite the inspiration of the FA Cup’s visit to Tad, Albion exited the competition on Saturday at the hands of 2013 FA Vase winners Spennymoor Town.

Albion lost centre-backs, Denny Ingram and Andy Milne to injuries in the first half before Spennymoor scored twice in the first 20 minutes of the second period to settle the tie.

Marshall added: “We started the game very lively and we were on the front foot. But it was losing Denny and Andy that cost us. I don’t think we would have conceded a goal if they had stayed on the field.

“We had to bring Matt Sparkes on when he hadn’t played a competitive game since the FC Halifax Town friendly.

“We were trying to get him in slowly but he ended up having to play 70 minutes.”

Morgan made his debut in goal on Saturday, and Marshall said he would retain the number one jersey ahead of Arran Reid.

Reid has been given a month away from the game, after falling out of love with football, according to Marshall.

The manager said: “Arran is going to have a rest for a few weeks until he gets at a level where he is acceptable mentally.”