Tadcaster keep play-off hopes alive heading into final day

Casey Stewart in action for Tadcaster Albion at Ossett Town where he bagged a brace in midweek. Picture: Matthew Appleby
Casey Stewart in action for Tadcaster Albion at Ossett Town where he bagged a brace in midweek. Picture: Matthew Appleby

Tadcaster Albion are still in with a chance of promotion as the final day of the regular Evo-Stik Division One North season fast approaches.

Casey Stewart’s first-half brace was enough to earn Michael Morton’s men a 2-0 victory at Ossett Town on Tuesday night, and three points for the Brewers keeps their hopes of securing a play-off spot alive heading into last game of 2017/18 this Saturday.

The result leaves Albion eighth in the league standings, one point off seventh place and a play-off spot, albeit having played a game more than rivals Colwyn Bay (7th) and Colne (9th).

And if other results go their way, success over lowly Mossley on Saturday could see Morton’s team grab the final play-off position.

Taddy (59 points) are relying on Bay (60 points) failing to beat Trafford at home on Thursday evening, while they could also do with Colne (59 points) failing to overcome Clitheroe.

Defeats for both would leave the Brewers simply needing to better their rivals’ results at the weekend, and with Bay visiting third-placed Hyde United and Colne away at champions South Shields, they will likely fancy their chances.

The fact that the men from the i2i Stadium still possess any kind of a hope of going up owes much to a fine display by striker Stewart in West Yorkshire on Tuesday.

They took a deserved lead in the ninth minute when Alex Peterson’s back-pass stopped in standing water on a very heavy pitch and the youngster pounced, powering past Leigh Overton, much to the delight of the travelling support.

The visitors then doubled their advantage on 25 minutes after a corner was taken short to Billy Whitehouse whose inviting clip into the box was glanced into the back of the net by Stewart.

Ossett pressed hard for a way back into the game in the second period, however Albion managed to make it through to the final whistle with their clean-sheet intact.

Kick-off at the i2i Stadium against Mossley on Saturday is at 3pm.