Northfield demands reply

hsb  Tadcaster Albion v Bradford City. Danny Gray.  (120721M4b)
hsb Tadcaster Albion v Bradford City. Danny Gray. (120721M4b)

Tadcaster Albion chairman Rob Northfield has warned the first team to buck their ideas up before the start of the Northern Counties season.

Saturday’s 7-1 defeat at the hands of Bradford City was expected.

But Northfield was far from happy with Tuesday’s 5-0 loss at home to Harrogate Town.

Tad’ won the pre-season fixture last season, and Northfield feels there is room for improvement.

“I’ll be speaking to (boss) Paul Marshall about the Harrogate game,” said Northfield.

“It wasn’t good enough. We’ve got ten days to get it right now before the start of the season.

“We need to be ready. I want us to be challenging for the title this season. We’ve put more money into this year. I’m not throwing money into it, but we are looking to make an investment.

“We’ve got the players on contracts. It’s written in their contracts that they will receive a bonus if we finish in the top three.”

On Saturday, a red hot City missed a host of chances to at least double the score. But Northfield would have been proud of his side’s spirit epitomised by Danny Gray’s excellent finish in the second half.

It was a big week for Albion as they welcomed Harrogate Town to The Park on Tuesday night.

There wasn’t the same level of support but it was still a decent test against the Blue Square North outfit.

Town’s Paul Beesley and former Taddy man Robbie Youhill scored a brace.

Josh Garbutt grabbed the fifth.

Albion have a welcome rest at the weekend with no game in the pipeline.

They will return to action on Tuesday night with the visit of Garforth Town.

It will be another stern test of Taddy’s mettle against a Garforth side who had a decent season in Evo-Stik First Division North last campaign.

“Despite Garforth being in the league above us I expect us to give them a good game,” added Northfield.

Marshall and assistant Robert Pell will be hoping to finish on a high note, especially with the start of the Northern Counties season ready to kick-off a week on Saturday.

Albion start proceedings with a trip to Bridlington Town, followed by the visit of Winterton Rangers on the Tuesday.

Despite the tough beginning Northfield is confident of success, saying: “Bring it on is what I say. I don’t see it as atough start.”