FA Cup run hopes for Tadcaster Albion

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TADCASTER Albion president Kevin Derry believes this season’s dramatic FA Cup run can put the club back on the football map.

The Brewers won through to the second qualifying round of the famous competition on Saturday for only the second time in their history when they beat Scarborough Athletic 3-0.

Their reward is a lucrative trip to FC Halifax in eight days’ time. Victory would see them net £4,500 in prize money.

“It’s great for the club and for the town,” he said.

“A good run in the FA Cup and everyone takes notice. Life is sweet right now. It’s difficult to take the smile off my face, someone said I will have to suck a lemon to take it off.”

Mr Derry has tasted the highs and the lows during his time at Tadcaster.

In 2007 an arson attack caused more than £10,000 worth of damage to the clubhouse.

A year later they battled back from the brink of closure after the River Wharfe burst its banks and flooded the ground.

“It’s been a long road,” said Mr Derry.

“The club nearly went out of existence in 2007 but we’re still here and to be where we are now is just extraordinary.

“Now we can look to the future. There’s still a long way to go but things are moving on and off the pitch, it’s a very exciting time for us.”

A crowd of nearly 500 witnessed Albion’s victory on Saturday in dramatic scenes at their home ground.

An emotional Mr Derry praised the side for their performance on the day.

“I was lost for words, I still am,” he added.

“The lads were superb and we deserved the victory, I’m just delighted for them and everybody who is involved at the club.”

For more reaction to Tadcaster’s FA Cup victory turn to pages 51 and 52.

See next Friday’s Wetherby News for all the build up to Albion’s plum FA Cup trip to Halifax in eight days’ time.