NCEL: Perfect tens as Tadcaster Albion go goal mad

Tadcaster Albion's Josh Barrett
Tadcaster Albion's Josh Barrett

Tadcaster Albion boss Paul Marshall insists he is not under pressure from the club’s owners to deliver the league title and promotion this season.

Marshall has guided goal-crazy Albion nine points clear in the top seat of the NCEL Premier following two incredible wins this week.

Albion hit double figures on Tuesday night to beat Armthorpe Welfare 10-0 in front of 200 travelling fans, three days after thumping Liversedge 7-0 away on Saturday.

Carl Stewart and former Premier League ace Jonathan Greening both fired in hat-tricks on Tuesday, and Stewart also hit a brace against Liversedge at the weekend.

The Brewers amazing form has put them well on course to match their ambitious owners i2i Sports’ aspiration.

The owners took over the club during the autumn last year and have ploughed funds into the club to attract the best talent in the league.

The investment has raised expectation around Ings Lane but Marshall said the only pressures being applied were from himself and his squad.

Marshall has shipped youngsters Tom Chamberlain and Chris Banks out to Pickering Town as he continues to juggle the demands of players.

With only one promotion spot available, the boss admitted risks on younger players could not be taken.

“Throughout this year there’s more pressure on us to win the league and we can’t afford to take risks,” Marshall said. “There’s no pressure from the owners, there is just pressure from myself and as a group of players.

“I2i sports are quite comfortable with how things are going.”

Albion’s frontline of Josh Greening, Stewart and Ward have now notched up 42 goals for the season. But this week the gaffer has Albion Sports’ fearsome attack to think about.

The ninth-placed outfit’s forward Daniel Facey is second only to Josh Greening in the NCEL Premier scoring charts.

Marshall also made a failed attempt to sign Facey’s striker partner Karl Hall earlier this season, and he admitted Saturday’s visitors had a forward line that was hot to handle.

He said: “In Karl, they have a player I like a lot. We will have to guard against him because he can score goals.

“Both him and Daniel Facey have got plenty of goals in them and last year they proved a thorn in the side.”

Marshall also has his eyes on revenge over the side that ended the club’s record unbeaten run last season.

Sports ruined Marshall’s Christmas last season with a 1-0 win to stop his side reaching the quarter century of games unbeaten. That day’s match-winner, Liam Ormsby, has since made the switch to Tadcaster and is revelling the opportunity to come to blows against his former teammates.

“He has been an excellent signing for us,” said the gaffer. “He’s the perfect model player. He gives it everything.”