Northfield backs Taddy title challenge in 2012

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TADCASTER Albion can win the Premier League - that’s the opinion of bullish chairman Rob Northfield who is confident they have the guts to beat their rivals come the end of April.

The Evo-Stik First Division North awaits Albion if they can hold their nerve in the final stages of the season.

And if they do they will be in tip-top shape both on and off the pitch according to Northfield who has revealed their home fortress has passed all the inspections needed to move up a division.

“Everything off the pitch has been taken care off,” he said.

“If we win the league we will move up, there’s no problem there.

“Everything is looking good at the moment.”

Second-placed Albion face a big step in their quest tomorrow when current leaders Retford travel to The Park (3pm ko).

Northfield knows the importance of the fixture.

Paul Marshall’s men are currently two points behind their opponents, but have two vital games in hand.

Win those and they will open a little gap up at the top of the table.

“To have that gap at this time of the season would be very significant,” said Northfield.

“Saturday is a very important game for everyone at the club. I’m calling on the fans of Tadcaster to come down and cheer on the team.

“I’m sure Retford will bring a few them to the game. It’s a big game, and we’re in a good position if we win it.

“There are some very exciting times ahead at this football club.”

This week’s deluge has so far not affected tomorrow’s clash according to manager Marshall.

“The water is on the junior pitches but at the moment it’s ok,” he said.

“It will be a big game for us. They beat us in the League Cup earlier in the season, we’re two even teams. Hopefully there will be a big crowd to cheers us on and we can get that win.”

Meantime Northfield has his sights set on another glittering season.

“To get promoted twice in three years, plus winning the Presidents Cup, would be a magnificent achievement,” he said.

“I’ve no doubt we have the ability to do it.

“We have a fantastic team spirit. That is why we are in the position we are at the moment.

“Also you look at the stats. We’ve only conceded 19 goals all season, and only four at home.

“That’s the best defensive record in the league and we’ve built our record around that.

“Also looking at the fixtures to come, at the end of the season, our last eight games, we’ve got six at home. That could be crucial.”

After their minor blip at Winterton Rangers at the start of December, Albion have won their last four games.

Over the festive period victories over Hall Road Rangers (4-0) and Nostell Miners Welfare (3-0) made it a Christmas to remember for Marshall and the rest of his management team.

Carl Stewart (2), Steve Jeff and George Bissett, sealed their Rangers win, and made up for their 4-2 defeat on the opening day of the season.

A Jamie Hopcutt hat-trick saw Tad’ easily dispose of Nostell on Monday night.

“They were two good results for us but more importantly two clean sheets,” added Northfield.

“It was an awful pitch at Nostell, but fair play to our lads, they tried to play football.

“It was 3-0 but it could have easily been six or seven.”

It promises to be another hectic month for Albion in their quest to move up another division.

They travel to Brighouse in eight days’ time followed by a home clash against Armthorpe Welfare the Saturday after.

A trip to Liversedge awaits on January 28.

Finally they will end the month with a Tuesday night trip to Barton Town Old Boys in the semi-final of the Presidents Cup.

“We’ve got a lot of important games coming up,” added Northfield.

“Looking at the table I think it is between a few sides who will go up.

“Bridlington are one of them, then there’s Retford and also Parkgate.

“We’ve just got to keep it going and then you never know.”

andrew.groves@ypn.co.uk