Paul Marshall’s beard looks set to become a permanent fixture after Tadcaster Albion clocked an incredible 21st game unbeaten on Saturday.
Two injury-time goals saw Albion power back from 3-2 down at home to Parkgate to win 4-3, keeping them top of the NCEL Premier.
Earlier on in this formidable run, the Taddy boss decided to hang up his razor until their next defeat.
But the awesome rollercoaster of results has meant the facial fuzz has remained, at least for this weekend’s trip to strugglers Armthorpe Welfare (3pm).
“At 3-2 on Saturday, I thought this is it, I can finally have a shave and (Marshall’s wife) Julie was very happy,” Marshall revealed.
“She thinks she’s a jinx as every time she’s come to watch, we’ve lost.
“But then I brought three subs on, two of them scored and that was that.
“It was an amazing day. We had another good crowd down, and since i2i Sports have taken over, we’ve had a lot of new faces around and there’s a great atmosphere.”
After Matthew Sparks’ tackle handed Parkgate a free kick from which they netted the opener, Carl Stewart grabbed his 16th goal of the season to put the sides level.
Parkgate went ahead once again,but Stewart Rice again put Albion on equal terms.
A third Parkgate goal looked to have sealed Albion’s fate, but sub Josh Barrett fired home in the 91st minute before 16-year-old Mitchell Hamilton slammed in the winner a minute later.
“I used to play with Mitchell’s dad Mark at Harrogate Town and he is definitely a chip off the old block,” said Marshall.
“He came on for 20 minutes against Glasshoughton in the League Cup and scored two, and then got the winner on Saturday with an unbelievable header from 14 yards that looped over the keeper.
“He’s only 16, and though he won’t be starting this weekend he will be back in the squad.”
Albion’s last defeat was back on August 13, and the run is something Marshall is still getting his head round.
“Parkgate must be sick of the sight of us as we came back from 2-0 down last time, and then we’ve won with two late goals this time,” said Marshall.
“I’ve never been in this position before as a manager, 21 games unbeaten. There is a different type of pressure in that every team we play wants to be the team to end it.
“It’s a great thing but a funny kind of pressure. We’ve just got to stay professional and keep going. Heanor, Thackley and Albion Sports are all coming up and going to be very tough.”
Although Saturday’s opponents are currently 19th in the table, Marshall expects a serious battle from Armthorpe this weekend.
Albion’s powerhouse defensive record of eight clean sheets was ended by Parkgate on Saturday, and Marshall is keen to see his back four return to their formidable best.
“We can’t take anything for granted in this league, and anyone who knows anything about non-league football knows Armthorpe will give us a game,” said the coach.
“All away games are difficult, we just have to make sure we go out, be professional and don’t concede.”
George Bissett should be back in contention this weekend after injury, while defender Jamie Williamson could figure after returning to the bench last week.