Tad Albion target NCEL unbeaten record

Terry Taylor of Tadcaster Albion
Terry Taylor of Tadcaster Albion

Tadcaster Albion have the record NCEL Premier unbeaten run in their sights, according to assistant boss Mike Morton.

Table topping Albion stretched their league streak to 18 games on Saturday, despite home-side Barton Town Old Boys holding them to a 2-2 draw.

Champions Scarborough Athletic broke the record last season when Rudy Funk’s men went 26 league matches without losing.

“We have already broken the club record, Scarborough’s run is the target now,” said Morton.

“If we can change a few of the draws, we can be right up there challenging for the title.”

Albion were thankful to stopper Leon Wrigglesworth at Barton Town after the number one pulled off several masterful saves.

Goal machine Carl Stewart and captain Nick Thompson clawed Albion ahead after the Old Boys took an early lead.

But strong winds pinned Albion back in the second period, and the Old Boys shared the points with Ryan Cooper’s 60th minute strike.

“It was like playing against 13 or 14 men,” said Morton.

“It was a tough game. It took us a while to get going but when we did we played our football well.

“The key was we came away with a point and kept our unbeaten record going.”

Paul Marshall’s charges welcome mid-table Liversedge to the 2inspire Stadium on Saturday, and the gaffer can pick from strength with no injury concerns.

Morton added: “It’s going to be a battle.

“It’s about keeping our composure, if not we will be punished.”

A youthful Albion side beat Glasshoughton Welfare 4-2 in the League Cup on Tuesday, with 16-year-old prodigy Mitch Harrison grabbing the two winning strikes.

James Coupland and Dan Barrett also found the net, and Morton said the comeback victory proved Albion have a bright future.

He said: “The nerves were there early doors but we moved the ball quickly and looked sharp.

“The mentality and character to come back shows how special these young lads are.

“Mitch came on for 30 minutes and scored two.

“You can see he’s going to be a player.”

Marshall and Morton’s close friend Jimmy Reid was sacked from rivals Pickering Town last week, and five players have since left The Recreation Ground.

Morton said it was a sad state of the game to see Reid given the boot with his side lying eighth.

And he confirmed Albion would look into securing the services of departing players.

“There’s one or two that we have our eye on,” he said.

“But we have a strong base. If we bring players in, we don’t want to break the charisma of the team.”

Albion’s new owners i2i Sports have also secured a lucrative pre-season friendly for next summer against League One side Oldham Althetic.

Director Matthew Gore said: “Hopefully we’ll be able to give them a good game in front of a bumper crowd.”