NCEL: Tadcaster Albion bid for FA Cup progress

Tadcaster Albion defender Denny Ingram was shown red on Saturday against Shaw Lane Aqyaforce. (Ian Parker)
Tadcaster Albion defender Denny Ingram was shown red on Saturday against Shaw Lane Aqyaforce. (Ian Parker)

Paul Marshall has returned to the United Kingdom in time to lead Tadcaster Albion for another bash at FA Cup progression.

The Albion manager missed the club’s two opening matches in the Northern Counties East League Premier this week due to holiday.

But he will take back the reins from assistant Mike Morton on Saturday when Lancashire side Barnoldswick Town head to Ings Lane in the FA Cup extra preliminary round.

Marshall has had a midas touch in the competition over the years, leading Harrogate Railway to face Bristol City in 2001 and guiding Albion to face Conference North side Boston United two years ago.

And assistant Morton predicted another run of success in the competition ahead of Saturday’s clash.

“We want to progress far in the FA Cup,” he said.

“It’s every player’s dream to play in the biggest competition in England, if not the world. There’s a lot of money to be made.

“We will treat it like a league game and the players are always lifted for it. We are looking to push on far.”

Should Albion overcome their Red Rose opposition, a tricky match against Evo-Stik Northern League Division One newcomers Spennymoor Town would await.

Carl Stewart could return to the frame for the Barnoldswick visit after getting injured in the season opening 2-1 defeat against Shaw Lane Aquaforce on Saturday.

The striker scored a second-half equaliser in the contest, after Albion had gone behind on six minutes. But an old knee niggle returned shortly after.

Shaw Lane benefitted from his departure to sneak a winner, while Albion defender Denny Ingram saw red late on for a second yellow card.

Stewart missed Tuesday night’s 4-2 win over Nostell Miners Welfare.

Strikers Josh Greening and Calum Ward both scored braces, as Tad twice fought back from going behind.

Morton was absent for Saturday’s defeat as first team coach Si Collins and director, and former player, Jimmy Gore called the shots from the touchline.

However, on the reports he has received, the assistant said: “I don’t think it’s a bad thing as we can look where our weaknesses are.

“I have been on the phone to all the players, they were all a bit upset with it.

“But we now have a better understanding of where we are at. As far as I am concerned, the season started against Nostell.”

On Stewart, who will serve a month’s ban in September for indiscipline in Sunday League football, Morton said: “We don’t want to push him.

“The ban will give us a little bit of time to get him back to 100 per cent. If we do that, we will have a fresh Carl Stewart for the end of the season.”