Boss ready for rail return

28 January 2012.....   Liversedge v Tadcaster Albion.'Tadcaster Albion manager Paul Marshall
28 January 2012..... Liversedge v Tadcaster Albion.'Tadcaster Albion manager Paul Marshall

Tadcaster Albion manager Paul Marshall is tipping his troops to stun Harrogate Railway in the West Riding County Cup on Tuesday (kick-off 7.45pm).

It is ten years since Marshall led Rail to the second round of the FA Cup, and he is hoping to celebrate by watching Tad knock his former side out at Station View in their quarter-final.

The match will also reunite Marshall with former Tad star Rob Youhill, now on loan at Railway from Harrogate Town.

Marshall said: “It is a good draw. It was a happy hunting ground for me, I am hoping we can go through and turn them over.

“It breaks up the league fixtures and it will be a great test for the squad.

“We had Rob Youhill here for some time, we know he can cause problems.”

Tad will warm up for the cup clash at Nostell Miners Welfare, one week after beating the same side 2-0 at home in the league.

The manager said: “They will be a different proposition at home.

“It is always difficult playing the same team twice in one week, I am sure they will have some tricks up their sleeve.

“But I wouldn’t think they could do a great deal unless they sign some new players.”

Tad have played twice a week every week since September and sit fith in the NCEL Premier. But the players are thriving on the match time.

Last week, Tad knocked Brighouse Town out of the League Cup 2-0 away from home, Steven Jeff and Nick Thompson the scorers.

Responding to that match, Marshall said: “We played some U21 players, and they were impressive. It was good experience for them, and we want to stay in the cup competitions so we can give everyone a chance.”

New signing and former Doncaster Rovers man Andrew McCormick put Tad ahead at home to Nostell, and Jeff added before half time.

Reflecting, Marshall said: “We were good in the first half, but didn’t do so well in the second. They didn’t look like troubling us, so overall it was a comfortable 2-0 win.

“They tried hard but didn’t have the quality to finish.

“Andrew McCormick scored a great goal. He looks comfortable, he is enjoying himself and he brings a calmness to the play which we need.”

Tad’s seven-match unbeaten run came to an end when Pickering won 2-0 at 2inspire Park in the league on Tuesday.

The boss has no fresh injury concerns, and is looking forward to winter-long training on a 4G pitch at York University.

He said: “We can train every week, come what may.”