NCEL: All over for Tadcaster after back to back defeats

Tadcaster Albion's David Brown
Tadcaster Albion's David Brown

Tadcaster Albion manager Paul Marshall admitted he ‘can’t stop thinking’ about what could have been after their silverware quest ended against Cleethorpes last week.

Albion missed out on a place in the League Cup final after being comfortably beaten 4-1 at home by Cleethorpes on Thursday (April 23) before losing to them in the league two days later.

That 3-2 defeat effectively ended any chance Albion had of finishing the season as champions, despite Shaw Lane dropping two points in a home draw on the same day.

Had Marshall’s side won the clash, they would have gone into the final day of the season just two points behind the leaders after their 4-2 win away at Nostell Miners Welfare on Tuesday night.

However, the defeat meant Shaw Lane were crowned champions after beating Cleethorpes 3-1 on the same night, leaving Marshall frustrated at refereeing decisions which he felt cost his side dear.

He said: “Last week was very disappointing. Thursday was a disaster in the first half but on Saturday we were playing very well and then Calum (Ward) scored a goal which was wrongly given offside.

“Then one of their lads should have been sent off for a push on Calum but was only given a yellow card.

“We were comfortable in the first half but, if the ref had given us that goal and sent the lad off we would have been two up against 10 men and the game is completely different.

“If we had have won then we would have been two points behind with Shaw Lane to play Cleethorpes next and that’s what I can’s stop thinking about.

“In non-league, you don’t get a lot of chances to win trophies but we have let them slip through our hands this season which is disappointing.”

After missing out on the league, Fa Vase, County Cup and League Cup in the last two months, Tadcaster can only finish second this season if they bear Worksop on Saturday.

Despite the disappointment of finishing the season empty handed, Marshall insisted he was not yet thinking about the next campaign, instead focusing on Worksop.

He said: “You never know what’s going to happen next season but there’s still a massive game to play. It’s a pretty decent season but unfortunately there’s no silverware.

“We’ve had to play the semi final on the back of playing on Tuesday but that was probably a step too far.

“It’s really disappointing because, if things had been slightly different, we could have easily been sat here talking about a very different end of the season.”