Tad’ and ‘Boro’ draw FA Cup battle lines

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BRING on the ‘Boro’ is the call from upbeat Tadcaster Albion chairman Rob Northfield ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup First Qualifying Round clash at The Park.

North Yorkshire rivals Scarborough Athletic make the pilgrimage along the A64 with hundreds of travelling Seadogs to boot.

The game will be the feature match on the FA website with camera crews down to film the action.

Northfield is licking his lips at the prospect of crossing swords with their neighbours and has no doubt his team can emerge victorious.

“Bring it on,” he said.

“We’ve certainly got nothing to fear. Absolutely we are going out to win it and I think we’ve got a great chance.

“We’ve already played them once this season. We lost 1-0 but we were the better side then.

“I’m sure Scarborough supporters will agree with me on that.

“We haven’t been beaten since that game. So we’re coming into it in good form.

“The players are all united, they want to play for each other and of course that will help.”

Club president Kevin Derry is also ready for action.

“It will be one of our biggest ever games,” he said.

“We’ve got a full strength side. Everyone will be up and ready for it. We can’t wait.

“Of course our biggest game up to now was the promotion one to get out of Division One.

“That was probably the most important but I really think this is the biggest.”

Northfield has called on the Tadcaster public and fans from ‘Boro’s great rivals York City to get behind Paul Marshall’s team.

With a bumper crowd expected the atmosphere inside the ground is set to be turned up a few more notches than usual.

“I did an interview with BBC Radio York last week and said we’d like fans of York to come down and cheer us on,” he continued.

“We’ve got some close ties with York. Three or four of our players used to play for them so there’s a connection there. They are away on Saturday (at Wrexham) so we’re expecting a few to come down to our game.”

Northfield and Marshall know a thing or two about masterminding successful runs in the competition.

Marshall helped guide Harrogate Railway to the second round proper of the competition in 2002 when they were eventually beaten 3-1 by Bristol City live on Sky Sports.

Meanwhile Northfield was chairman at the Station View club in 2007 when they emulated Marshall’s superb achievement.

The BBC cameras were down this time to film an exciting 3-2 defeat against Mansfield Town.

“Paul’s got a great record of success in the competition,” added Northfield.

“We’ve both done well. I think Harrogate Railway hold the record for being the lowest ranked team to go to the second round twice which is some achievement.”

Speaking to the FA website ahead of the game Tadcaster’s website editor Kev Axtell said: “Albion have been in existence for 118 years and have had their best couple of seasons ever.

“It’s a small town famous for brewing beer- we have three large breweries.

“To a club like Tadcaster Albion the visit of Scarborough Athletic is a big money-spinner and we will be expecting a crowd of 300 to 400 for the game.

“We have never beaten them before, even when we played them in the league earlier in the season and lost 1-0.”

Albion are currently in a rich vein of form. On Saturday they overcame travelling Liversedge with Jamie Hopcutt (16), Daniel Gray (43) and Steven Jeff (87) scoring either side of half-time.

They followed this on Tuesday with a 2-1 victory over Armthorpe Welfare. Goals were by Graeme Whitehead (8) and Danny Gray (28).

andrew.groves@ypn.co.uk