NCEL: Tadcaster Albion ‘can beat anybody’ - Paul Marshall

hsb  Tadcaster Albion v Pickering. Nick Thompson.  (140322M2c)
hsb Tadcaster Albion v Pickering. Nick Thompson. (140322M2c)

Gleeful Tadcaster Albion boss Paul Marshall believes his side have shown they can “beat anybody” and reach a century of points.

Albion hammered North Yorkshire rivals Pickering Town 5-0 at the 2inspire Stadium on Saturday in front of a club record league crowd.

Five hundred fans attended Albion’s Junior Day as Matt Sparkes headed home twice before goals from Carl Stewart, Calum Ward and substitute Terry Taylor completed the rout.

And Albion’s NCEL Premier title ambitions were boosted as both second-placed Barton Town Old Boys and title favourites Brighouse Town dropped points.

The Brewers moved seven points clear at the top but Brighouse are eight points behind them with four matches in hand.

With five matches to go in the league, Marshall has readjusted his target to 100 points – which would require wins from all their remaining games.

And the gaffer reckons the title-race has become a three-horse race.

Marshall said: “We are out to win every game until the end of the season to get 100 points.

“If we lose the league with 100 points, so be it. It would a nice target to achieve.

“The way we are playing, we are good enough to beat anybody.

“Brighouse look like they will get well into the 90’s so we have got to win every game.

“I said our target was 93 before but the way they are playing, I can see us winning every game.”

Albion’s title quest will head to the seaside this weekend at last season’s runner’s up and one of Marshall’s former club’s Bridlington Town.

Town have endured a stop-start campaign and lie tenth in the table.

But Gary Allanson’s men held Tad to a 2-2 draw at the 2inspire Stadium in October.

“We’re going into Saturday’s game full of confidence,” added Marshall.

Albion’s owners i2i Sports are also awaiting the results of Monday’s ground grading which could scupper the club’s promotion hopes should they fail it.

But Marshall was confident the ground improvements made since the new owners took over would be sufficient to progress into the Evo-Stik leagues.

Since completing the take over of the club last year, the new owners have erected a new turnstile, built an outdoor toilet facility and given Ings Lane a lick of paint.

Ahead of the ground grading, Marshall said: “If this ground doesn’t pass after what they (i2i Sports) have been doing then I don’t what will.

“It should pass quite comfortably.”