Paul Marshall believes topscorer Carl Stewart can fire Tadcaster Albion to a historic championship, once the marksman hits top form.
Stewart has found the net 23 times in NCEL Premier this season, and he bagged four in Saturday’s 8-1 hammering of relegation troubled Lincoln Moorlands Railway.
The forward’s season has been plagued by injuries since he rejoined second-placed Albion at the start of the season.
And, despite Stewart lying third in the league’s scoring charts, boss Marshall warned opposition defences there was much more to come once he reached full fitness.
Marshall said: “If Carl comes to a bit of form imagine what he’s going to be like.
“He’s still not anywhere near the form he can reach.
“We are just hoping the goals will encourage him to reach top form.
“If we get Carl back on form, we can definitely win this league.”
Albion inflicted further humiliation on Railway as the drop favourites’ goal difference worsened to minus 131.
But, whilst the scoreline showed Albion thumped Lincoln away on Saturday, Marshall was less than pleased at half-time.
The boss blasted the infamous “hair-dryer” treatment to his squad after they had laboured back to the changing rooms at one goal apiece.
It took until the 64th minute for Albion to go ahead again, when Stewart added to Danny Critchlow’s first-half striker, before a 25-minute onslaught brought seven goals.
Stewart slotted home two penalties in his four goals, while Mitchell Hamilton, Stu Rice and Critchlow (2) were also on the scoresheet.
Marshall added: “The players weren’t doing enough in the first half.
“We missed eight clear-cut chances before we scored.
“I had a bit of a hair-dryer moment and it’s the first time I have had one in a long time .
“We got the response from the players. But if we had started like that, the score could have been outrageous.”
Former York City goalkeeper Arron Reid made his return for Albion on Saturday after srejoining the club.
Reid won promotion with Scarborough Athletic from NCEL Premier last season.
Marshall said: “He kept ten clean sheets for them towards the end of the season. That’s what we will be looking for.
“Hopefully his experience will pull us through.”
However, Reid’s arrival paved an exit for Leon Wrigglesworth.
Albion again face toiling opposition this Saturday when third bottom Winterton Rangers arrive at 2inpsire Park.
Marsahll added: “They are well organised and don’t usually get beaten by the big scores.
“Hopefully we can get a few goals and win the game to move onto the big game against Brighouse Town the following week.”