Tadcaster Albion’s penultimate home game of 2016/17 ended in defeat after two goals from Matthew Beadle handed Hyde United a 2-1 victory at the i2i Stadium.
In an Evo-Stik Division One North fixture that had an end of season feel about it, the visitors’ number nine fired his side into a two-goal lead before Brewers skipper Gregg Anderson pulled one back in the closing stages.
Albin chief Billy Miller named the same starting XI that were beaten on penalties in the West Riding County Cup final on Tuesday night, with Piteu Crouz and Jason Mycoe returning to the bench.
Taddy started the match on top with Tom Corner glancing a Jordan Armstrong cross just wide, before Carl Stewart also fired off target.
Defender Anderson then came close to continuing his recent goalscoring form, lashing across the face of goal from Jono Greening’s corner.
On an afternoon where the constant blusters of wind hampered the spectacle, the travelling Tigers took the lead seven minutes from the break.
After a number of headers and volleys went back and forth across the Taddy penalty area, Beadle showed some ingenuity to divert past goalkeeper Chandler Hallwood with an unorthodox yet effective overhead kick.
Despite being an uninspiring opening 45 minutes of football, Miller’s side spurned a golden chance right on half-time to go in all square.
Jono Greening clipped an inch-perfect ball over the top for Stewart to pounce upon, but his prodded effort cannoned straight into goalkeeper Saunders.
After a number of scares at the back during the early stages of the second period when Beadle and Coates both missed chances, Hyde did in fact double their lead 16 minutes from time.
Beadle nodded in from just a couple of yards out, however, the away side’s two-goal lead lasted less than two minutes as Anderson won a battle in the box before poking home his third goal of the season.
The goal certainly lifted the Brewers players, along with their fans, as they pushed hard for an equaliser.
Substitute Crouz came on and brought a freshness to Taddy as the tricky winger caused Hyde problems down the right-hand flank.
And it was Crouz who had the one big chance to pinch a point in the dying embers. Hallwood’s kick set the midfielder in behind, and he cut inside but could only strike into the chest of defender Harry Coates.
Despite the late surge, it was without doubt a below-par performance from Taddy on the whole and the final whistle eventually sounded, leaving them empty-handed.
Next up for Miller’s 16th-placed side is a trip to promotion-chasing North Yorkshire rivals Scarborough Athletic on Easter Monday, 3pm kick-off.