Weekend football preview: Can Tadcaster Albion make history in FA Vase?

Ahead of another compelling weekend of football action across North Yorkshire, acting sports editor Ed White takes a look at the talking points around the grounds.

Friday, 6th February 2015, 3:31 pm
Tadcaster Albion's Paddy Miller (Photo by Ian Parker)

More than 200 away supporters are expected to cheer Tadcaster Albion on the next stage of their trip to Wembley on Saturday.

Taddy will bid to go further in the FA Vase than they have ever done before when they head to Rudy Funk’s AFC Mansfield in the competition’s fifth round.

Only 16 teams remain in the competition, and the Brewers have been listed as third favourites to lift the trophy at the national stadium by several leading bookmakers.

Albion will be without key frontman Carl Stewart for the visit to Nottinghamshire, however Paul Marshall has strengthened his ranks with the signing of Bradford City youngster Lewis Clarkson.

The former Hull City youngster will come up a familiar face in Funk, who he starred under at Scarborough Athletic last season.

Harrogate Town will look to continue their recent resurgence, with another young side expected to take to the field at home against Leamington.

Simon Weaver’s men have recorded back to back wins in Vanarama Conference North having named an unchanged side.

Central defender Luke Shiels is unavailable to Weaver with Matt Bloomer, Adam Nowakowski and Leigh Franks all vying to replace him in the starting line-up.

Leamington head to the CNG Stadim on the back of a 1-0 victory over Solihull Moors, who Town beat 2-1 last month.

Billy Miller’s Harrogate Railway are hoping the weather holds up as they prepare to take on Padiham, currently bottom of Evo-Stik First Division North.

Railway have taken had an enforced break over the last two weeks due to the weather but will remain confident heading into the fixture with Padiham having conceded 84 goals this season.

Knaresborough Town face the task of toppling league leaders AFC Emley away on Saturday.

Boro boss Brian Davey believes his side with benefit from ending their interrupted season last weekend, despite playing out a drab 0-0 draw against Yorkshire Amateur,

Emley have beaten ‘Boro in the last two games between the sides and will look to continue their pursuit of promotion after losing 2-1 at home to Clipstone in their last match.

After being given a reprieve in the competition, Boroughbridge are aiming to put their poor league form to one side against former winners Salts in the West Riding County Cup quarter-final.

Bridge made it through following league rivals Bardsey’s expulsion last month, and boss Daz Ekin said his side would give it their all in the second opportunity.

Following a perfect January, Wetherby Athletic take their strong form into Saturday’s clash at lowly Brighouse Old Boys. Athletic are in pursuit of bettering their highest ever finish in the West Yorkshire League Premier division, of ninth.

Meanwhile, the Tangerine’s reserves will bid to make the West Riding County Trophy semi-finals when they play host to Rothwell Town.

Bardsey face an away trip to Shelley looking to bounce back after last month’s defeat to Otley Town, and Knaresborough Town Reserves welcome fellow mid-table men Hunslet Club to round off a full fixture list.