NCEL: Tadcaster Albion nick win to keep heat on

Nick Thompson rises to score Tad Albion's winner
Nick Thompson rises to score Tad Albion's winner

Paul Marshall has given credit to his Tadcaster Albion squad’s response since their 8-1 drubbing against title rivals Brighouse Town last month.

And he feels sure his merry men will achieve their 93-point club record target in NCEL Premier this season.

Albion have gone five matches undefeated since their hammering at Leeds-based Brighouse, and they were on form again on Saturday to edge potential players in the title race Worksop Parramore 1-0.

Captain Nick Thompson’s 10th minute header was enough to earn Albion their 23rd win of the season and move them onto 79 points.

Marshall said: “The attitude and desire of the players since that 8-1 defeat is the thing that has pleased me.

“It really knocked everyone, including all me and the other staff, but the response from the players has been amazing.”

Thompson’s strike was his ninth of the season but Marshall pinpointed his defence as his side’s top performers.

“The back four did ever so well. George Bissett was man of the match for us,” the gaffer said.

“Matt Sparkes, on his return from injury, headed everything. That was his 14th clean sheet in 27 matches this season.

“When he is in the back four alongside Denny Ingram, we don’t concede goals.”

Parramore came to the rescue on Tuesday night to stop second-placed side Barton Town Old Boys booting Albion off their perch. Two last minute goals saw Worksop come back to draw 2-2 against the Lincolnshire outfit.

However, the point continued the Old Boys 22-match unbeaten streak as they close in Marshall’s troops.

Marshall went to scout Saturday’s opponents Long Eaton United play title favourites Brighouse Town on Tuesday evening.

And he admitted all his side could do was pray fellow title chasers would slip up in the race.

“We are obviously third favourites for the title,” he added. “All we can do is put pressure on them.

“Barton are doing extremely well. To go unbeaten is great credit because they have had some very difficult games.”

Jamie Williamson (hamstring) is out of Saturday’s trip to the East Midlands, and Marshall was unsure whether Richard Batley and Danny Critchlow would earn a recall.

The boss also confirmed Albion’s ground improvements were nearing the specifications required for a step up into the Evo-Stik Leagues.

New owners i2i Sports have erected a new turnstile at 2inspire Park, built an outdoor toilet and given the clubhouse a lick of paint.

“It’s great credit to them, they are investing so much time into the club,” added Marshall.