NCEL: Tadcaster Albion to fight four-point deduction

Nick Thompson scores the winner for Tadcaster Albion. Pic by Keith Handley
Nick Thompson scores the winner for Tadcaster Albion. Pic by Keith Handley

Tadcaster Albion are fighting a four-point deduction handed down to them by the Northern Counties East League.

The NCEL League management board found Albion guilty of fielding an ineligible player in October at a personal hearing last week.

It is claimed defender Denny Ingram played in October’s 2-1 win over Worksop Parramore and the following 2-2 draw at Barton Town Old Boys when under suspension.

However, Albion deny any wrongdoing and have since taken their challenge to the FA, where it will be dealt with at a later date.

An NCEL statement read: “The League Management Board has charged Tadcaster Albion FC under competition rule 6.9 of playing an ineligible player in two games.

“The club has now decided to exercise its right of appeal to The Football Association and both parties await a date for this appeal.”

Albion did not wish to comment.

The deduction would leave their hopes of finishing second in the balance with just Liversedge to play this Saturday. Brighouse Town ended Tad’s title bid with victory over Retford United at the weekend.

Paul Marshall’s side had effectively secured second-place on Saturday when they beat third-placed Barton 2-1 in front of more than 500 fans at home.

Carl Stewart’s penalty wiped out Barton’s early lead before captain Nick Thompson poked home an 80th minute winner.

Albion had opened its gates to supporters for free, and chairman Matt Gore said it was an “excellent” success.

The attendance was the highest throughout the NCEL.

“That was the biggest crowd of adults we have had down all season,” Gore said.

The victory moved the Brewers four points above Barton, with only this Saturday’s trip to Liversedge to come.

But, Albion’s title ambitions were laid to rest at the weekend as Brighouse Town secured the championship with a 2-0 win over Retford United.
Should Albion’s challenge against the deduction fail, the second-placed position could come down to points difference with Barton.

And the Lincolnshire outfit have a four-goal better goal difference with a positive net of 68 goals.