NCEL: Tadcaster Albion cranking up the pressure on rivals - Miller

Tadcaster Albion midfielder Jimmy Beadle scored against Pontefract Collieries and Liversedge
Tadcaster Albion midfielder Jimmy Beadle scored against Pontefract Collieries and Liversedge

Points on the board will crank up the pressure on Tadcaster Albion’s title rivals, according to boss Billy Miller.

Albion returned to the top of the table in Northern Counties East League Premier on Tuesday night with victory in their 10th match of the season.

Goals from Jimmy Beadle and Adam Baker gave Albion three points over newly-promoted Pontefract Collieries, with Beadle also having a second half spot-kick saved.

Miller’s men also smashed four past the manager’s former club Liversedge on Saturday as their unbeaten run in the league stands at eight matches.

The six points took Albion’s points tally up to 23, after an arduous 35-day spell that has included 10 league matches and two cup fixtures.

However, both Worksop Town and Handsworth Parramore could leapfrog Albion with wins from their games in hand.

Miller was chuffed with his side’s points haul from the opening 10 fixtures and said the wins were piling pressure on the other teams with title aspirations.

“You have to be happy with it,” said Miller.

“It’s really important to have points on the board.

“It puts pressure on the others to keep winning and that’s all we can do.

“Whatever the fixture list throw out at us, it is key for us to just keep winning.”

Albion have played as many as six games more than some teams in the NCEL Premier this season, but Tuesday’s home match represented their final midweek league match scheduled for the next three months.

“It’s really difficult to work out where you are but to have only dropped seven points with only one defeat, we have to be more than happy with that,” the boss added.

Despite the busy schedule, Miller has maintained consistency in his selection throughout the opening ten matches.

However, he was forced to change plans in midweek with Andy Milne and Liam Ormsby both sidelined through injury.

The boss has brought Jason Mycoe back to the i2i Stadium from former club Harrogate Railway as defensive cover, while ex-Brewers captain Nick Thompson has provided a welcome boost with a return to light training.

Albion welcome newly-relegated Rainworth Miners Welfare to Ings Lane this Saturday (3pm), a side who have been inconsistent in the Premier so far.

Miller added: “They come into the game on the back of four defeats which shows what type of attitude they will bring to it.”