Striker search key to Tad’s title bid

NAWN 1310266AM7 Tadcaster Albion's Terry Taylor . (1310266AM7)
NAWN 1310266AM7 Tadcaster Albion's Terry Taylor . (1310266AM7)

Tadcaster Albion boss Paul Marshall wants to bring in an experienced hitman to fire his side to promotion.

Albion have relied on goals from lone frontman Carl Stewart this season, and the striker has delivered 17 times in the NCEL Premier.

But goals haven’t come freely from other attacking positions.

And, despite their high standing in the league, the gaffer hopes new faces could freshen up his side’s hunt for promotion.

Asked if he would be looking to strengthen his squad in the new year, Marshall said: “We will look to bring in a couple of players in.

“We will keep with the majority of the squad though as they have done really well.

“But we haven’t scored enough goals though, if Carl doesn’t score we don’t tend to score many.

“If I was going to get anyone, it would be an experienced player that has played at a higher level.

“There may be someone that wants to come here and get Tadcaster Albion promoted. Sometimes players have to take a step back to go forward. It would be great if we could bring in an experienced striker.”

Albion drew 1-1 with Richmond Town in a friendly on Saturday before they return to league action at in-form Basford United this Saturday.

Basford are unbeaten since the arrival of former England international Lee Hendrie, 36, and Marshall pinpointed his threat as a crucial battle his midfield needed to overcome.

The former Aston Villa man, who battled depression and bankruptcy as he fell from the game’s highest tier, joined home town club Basford in December. They now sit third.

Marshall added: “The last time we played against a former international, it was Chris Waddle. But he was a bit old then.

“Lee is not old, he’s only 36 and still has a lot of quality. It’s up to the midfielders Terry Taylor and Nick Thompson to stop him playing.”

Albion have already played 27 of their 44 league matches this campaign, as they ended the year in second place.

And the gaffer said the club’s promotion bid was well on course, despite starting the season thinking it was impossible.

He said: “The aim is to get back to the top of the league. We have done well so far. But the target is still promotion and we have a good chance with the players we have.”