NCEL: Tadcaster Albion in dark over points decision

Bridlington Town v Tadcaster Albion
Bridlington Town v Tadcaster Albion

Tadcaster Albion are still waiting to find out if they will face a possible points deduction that could scupper their title ambitions.

The league has alleged defender Denny Ingram played in Albion’s 2-1 win at Worksop Parramore on October 29 and the 2-2 draw at Barton Town Old Boys on November 2 whilst under a suspension for picking up five yellow cards.

Owners i2i Sports attended an NCEL disciplinary meeting on Wednesday night but no decision was made.

In the worst case scenario, the table-topping Brewers could be docked four points.

Should the league uphold a decision to deduct points, Tad would sit one point ahead of rivals Brighouse Town but having played three matches more.

Albion’s owners declined to comment ahead of Wednesday’s meeting. A club spokesman said: “Unfortunately we’re not really in a position to say anything at this stage.”

Meantime, boss Paul Marshall said: “I just want to win the last four games and see where we come,” after Tad completed a pitch-perfect March on Saturday.

Albion kept their fifth straight clean sheet to beat last season’s runners-up Bridlington Town 4-0.

Marshall’s troops have not conceded a goal in almost 500 minutes of action and won all five of their matches last month.

An own goal started the rout on ten minutes, then Carl Stewart and Calum Ward put the game beyond Brid before half-time. Danny Critchlow then wrapped up the points with a 90th minute strike.

Marshall said: “Brid were getting a bit on top midway through the half so I changed the system to get Nicky Deverdics and Stu Rice going at their full-backs.

“In the end it worked out quite well and we got two goals before half-time.”

Tad signed former Leeds United trainee Conor Qualter prior to the trip to the coast. But James Coupland was sent out to Division outfit Selby Town.

Qualter, brother of former Tad captain Ryan Qualter, slotted in at centre-half alongside Matt Sparkes as a replacement for the suspended Ingram.

Marshall said: “He’s very similar to his brother. Him and Sparkesy struck up an understanding with each other straight away.”

Ingram is again suspended for Glasshoughton Welfare’s visit to the 2inspire Stadium on Saturday.

Cash-strapped Glasshoughton parted company with former Tad assistant Rob Hunter earlier this season and have since slipped to 18th.

“Glasshoughton always try their hardest but I don’t expect them to be good enough to beat us,” said Marshall.

“I know what it is like to manage a team with financial difficulties. I did it at Harrogate Railway, Harrogate Town and here at Tad.

“I have had three years fighting relegation, it’s not a position I envy.”

Marshall hinted he would give youngsters Will Pepper and Mitchell Hamilton an opportunity to work their way back into his first-team squad.

The boss added: “It’s been tough for them. They are not able to fight their way in at the moment but they have been a massive part of our season. I appreciate their efforts in what we have achieved.”