Albion all set for FA Cup battle with the Shaymen

NAWN 110928 Tadcaster Albion management. (110928AM1)

NAWN 110928 Tadcaster Albion management. (110928AM1)

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BRING on FC Halifax Town: that’s the call from the Tadcaster Albion hierarchy ahead of their much anticipated FA Cup trip to The Shay tomorrow (3pm).

The second qualifying round clash could prove to be a real money spinner for The Brewers.

Victory would see them net £4,500 and put them into the hat for the next round, when local rivals York City enter the fray.

Club president Kevin Derry is keeping his feet on the floor for the time being.

But despite his men sitting 62 places below the Blue Square North outfit in the football pyramid, he has a sneaky feeling an upset could be on the cards.

“Why not,” he said.

“We’re in good form. The way we played in the last round against Scarborough I don’t see why we can’t go there and give them a game.

“Of course we’ll be coming into the game underdogs, but we’ve got nothing to lose and they’re not pulling trees up at the moment.”

Halifax are of course managed by former Leeds United and Port Vale legend Neil Aspin.

Aspin started his management career at North Yorkshire neighbours Harrogate Town before moving to The Shay three years ago.

His most successful run in the competition came in 2005 when he guided Town to the first round proper. However despite taking Torquay United to a replay, they were knocked out on penalties.

After leaving Wetherby Road Aspin has sculpted a fine squad that has seen them move up through the Evo-Stik divisions.

‘Fax have a number of game changers which Tad’ will have to keep tabs on.

Striker Danny Holland is a proven goal scorer at Blue Square North level and in captain Tom Baker they have one of the most underrated play makers in the division.

However despite being many people’s pick for promotion this season they haven’t started strongly.

On Saturday Halifax drew with Harrogate Town 0-0 at Wetherby Road.

Two games previous - their last home fixture- they were thrashed 5-1 by perennial strugglers Vauxhall Motors.

Taddy boss Paul Marshall feels they are up there to be shot down.

“It’s a big game for us. It’s the perfect draw for us,” he said.

“We’ve got nothing to lose. Hopefully a lot of fans from Tadcaster will come along. It’s superb for the club.

“Obviously we will get 50 per cent of the gate money.

“Hopefully there will be a decent turn out.”

Taddy will come into the game on the back of their 3-3 draw against Parkgate on Saturday.

It was their opponents who took the lead in the NCEL Premier League contest thanks to a third minute strike by Adam Shepherd.

Danny Gray however maintained his strong scoring run blasting in the equaliser after 20 minutes.

Ryan Qualter then put Tad’ into the lead for the first time three minutes later.

Gareth Clayton levelled up proceedings on 80 minutes.

But Gray’s second of the afternoon a minute later looked to have grabbed them all three points.

However with the clock ticking Danny Barlow scored a 90th minute equaliser to rescue a point.

Keep up to date on Taddy’s FA Cup adventure at FC Halifax Town by visiting www.wetherbynews.co.uk tomorrow.

andrew.groves@ypn.co.uk