NCEL: Tadcaster Albion return to top after thrilling injury-time comeback

Jimmy Beadle headed home Albion's second in injury-time
Jimmy Beadle headed home Albion's second in injury-time

Tadcaster Albion produced a thrilling late comeback to clinch victory over former boss Paul Marshall's Pickering Town on Monday night.

Tad trailed by a single goal heading into the final minutes at Mill Lane but goals from Andy Milne, Jimmy Beadle and Adam Baker sent them back to the top of the Northern Counties East League.

The Pickering fixture had always looked one of Tadcaster's danger points in the season run in and it proved so when Matthew Turnbull headed the hosts in front after 12 minutes.

It looked like being a frustrating evening for Albion as they failed to unlock the hosts' defence for the duration of the first half.

Albion improved in the second half but it took until the 89th minute for Billy Miller's side to force an equaliser.

Jonathan Greening's corner was met powerfully by Milne, whose header just crossed the line before it was cleared.

The wind was then in the Brewers' sails and from the next corner in the 92nd minute, captain Beadle rose highest to head into the far corner to give his side the lead.

The drama was not over there, though, as former Pickering man Carl Stewart burst through and prodded across goal for Baker to send the visiting fans into ecstasy in the final moments.

The three points took Albion one point above title rivals Handsworth Parramore with one crucial game in hand.

Miller's men return to the field just 48 hours after the Pickering clash with a trip to eighth-placed Maltby Main on Wednesday.