NCEL: Paddy Miller ‘coup’ for five-star FA Cup advancers Tadcaster Albion

Carl Stewart bagged the match ball with a hat-trick against Barnoldswick on Saturday. Picture by Ian Parker
Carl Stewart bagged the match ball with a hat-trick against Barnoldswick on Saturday. Picture by Ian Parker

Tadcaster Albion boss Paul Marshall believes the signing of former Scarborough Athletic and Farsley Celtic player Paddy Miller will strike a statement of intent across the Northern Counties league.

Miller will head into Albion’s squad for the visit of Glasshoughton Welfare on Saturday, after Albion snapped him up as a free agent last week.

The 24-year-old was recruited by Bradford Park Avenue in pre-season, but his release sent alarm bells at the i2i Stadium.

And following a meeting last Thursday night, Farsley’s player of the year last year agreed terms at Tad.

Marshall said: “At 24, he’s at the right age for what the club are trying to promote. He’s got great experience at our level playing at Scarborough and winning the league.

“He wasn’t really on the radar as, with signing for Bradford, we thought he was moving up the league.

“It’s a massive coup for the club and it will send a message across the league. For us to sign Paddy Miller, the other teams will see that we are a serious threat.

“We haven’t had a left-footed left-back since Steve Jeff left, so he will give us great balance at the back.”

Marshall’s rich history in the FA Cup continued at the weekend, as Albion strode past Lancashire outfit Barnoldswick Town 5-0 in the extra preliminary round.

Carl Stewart smashed home a second-half hat-trick, but Marshall was quick to praise his other goalscorers Calum Ward and 17-year-old Mitchell Hamilton.

“I like the FA Cup. It’s one of my favourite competitions,” the gaffer said. “Any win in the FA Cup is worth so much because it’s a great competition.

“Calum caused them a lot of trouble in the first half and he was unlucky not to get two or three.

“With the hard work he put in in the first half, it paved the way for Carl in the second half performance.

“And I’m always chuffed to bits to see Mitch score at such an age. He has got that knack for goals.

“For a young lad to have that, If he keeps progressing like that, he could become one of the best finishers in non-league football.

“Normally lads take three or four chances for their goals. He probably takes one or two.”

Glasshoughton beat Albion 1-0 at Ings Lane during the title run-in last season, a defeat that ultimately cost Tad promotion. Marshall said he would use it as tonic for this Saturday’s match.

“I would like to erase that memory,” he added.

l The FA Cup trophy will be at Albion’s ground from 6.30-10pm tonight, while first-team training will be taking place on the pitch.