NCEL: Tadcaster Albion end fight over points deduction

Demmy Ingram, Tadcaster Albion
Demmy Ingram, Tadcaster Albion

Tadcaster Albion have begrudgingly conceded defeat in their battle to escape a four-point deduction from their final tally in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division.

At a personal hearing in April, the NCEL league management board found Albion guilty of fielding an ineligible player and docked them four points.

It was claimed defender Denny Ingram played in October’s 2-1 win over Worksop Parramore and the following 2-2 draw at Barton Town Old Boys when under suspension.

Albion’s owners i2i Sports appealed the decision and were prepared to take their legal challenge all the way to Wembley.

However, on Monday it was announced they had withdrawn their appeal.

Albion had carried hope that their final points total of 97 would be enough to persuade the Evo-Stik Northern League Division One to accept their promotion application, with Worksop Town, Wakefield and Cammell Laird all in financial trouble.

But the Evo-Stik league ended any prospect of promotion when they handed relegated Ossett Albion a reprieve, despite the West Yorkshire side only earning 29 points last season.

Albion owner Matt Gore said Ossett’s lifeline factored into the decision to surrender the four points.

He said: “We wanted to fight it and we felt justified in fighting it but we had to weigh it up with what we would have gained.

“If we had won the league, we would certainly be all over it. But the way it is, had we won it, it wouldn’t have made a difference to which league we would be playing in next season.”

Manager Paul Marshall tweeted last week: “Just been reading Evo Stik website. Unbelievable that Kidsgrove have been reprieved from relegation along with Ossett Albion! Combined 59points.

“82 game, 59 points what a joke!!”

The four-point penalty means Albion relinquished their grasp on second place in the Premier, with Barton Town Old Boys promoted to the runners-up spot on goal difference.

Albion enjoyed a memorable campaign under boss Paul Marshall last season and they now end the season on 93 points, having led the way throughout the majority of the campaign.

Ahead of next season, Gore confirmed the Brewers were in talks with four players with professional or academy experience.

But, Connor Qualter has joined Ossett Town.

Meanwhile, Albion have started a new reserve team for the new campaign, which will be managed by assistant manager Mike Morton and first team coach Simon Collins.