Time for Tadcaster Albion to start climbing the NCEL Premier Division table, says Mick O'Connell after Maltby Main success
Early second-half goals from Joe Crosby and Oli Norman earned the Brewers a 2-1 success on the road and just their second NCEL Premier Division victory since early September.
That result lifts them to 16th in the table, and although they hold a number of games in hand on all of the sides above them, O’Connell said it is about time that Albion start climbing the division.
“It was massively needed, we needed three points and we knew that,” he reflected.
“We have got loads of games in hand, but we need to start getting points on the board. It’s all well and good saying that you have games in hand, but you need points to start climbing up the table.
“It needs to start looking positive. We want to get in the play-offs but there’s 10 or 12 teams that will all be saying the same thing.
“We know it is going to be tough, but days like Saturday when it’s horrible and the conditions are really hard it is important that you come to places like Maltby and find a way to win - and we did that.”
Crosby broke the deadlock within 60 seconds of the second half getting underway, curling a fine strike over the Maltby keeper after being played in on goal by Jordan Hines.
Norman made it 2-0 eight minutes later when he lobbed home to put Albion in control before the hosts netted a late consolation.
Next up for Tadcaster is a tricky-looking trip to sixth-placed Albion Sports this Saturday, 3pm kick-off.