Super striker signs deal at Tad

Carl Stewart v Nostell MW
Carl Stewart v Nostell MW

He has scored two hat-tricks and 25 goals in 26 matches for Bridlington, but now red-hot striker Carl Stewart has returned to Tadcaster Albion.

Tad manager Paul Marshall secured Stewart’s signature this week, and hopes the addition will help Tad enjoy a blistering second half of the NCEL Premier Division season.

Tad have a week on the road, starting with Winterton Rangers on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) and at Nostell Miners Welfare on Tuesday (kick-off 7.45pm).

The manager hopes both Stewart and new Belgian signing Fritz Achaleke will feature in the matches.

He said: “I have signed goalscorer Carl Stewart from Bridlington.

“He is definitely the missing link.

“If we can put it all together now, we can go on a massive run towards the end of the season.”

Creative attacking midfielder Achaleke has made himself available for the club this week, and the manger is keen to see him in competitive action for the first time.

The boss said: “Fritz has texted me to say he will be available on Saturday.

“He looks good in training on the 3G pitch.

“I am looking forward to seeing him replicate it on the wet pitches this week.”

Winterton Rangers are struggling at the foot of the Premier Division.Tad beat them 2-0 at home in August.

Ahead of the Winterton match, Marshall said: “They have changed it round from last year.

“Their previous manager Richard Sennett went to Retford and took a lot of the better players with him.

“They have started again with a lot of young players.”

Tuesday’s match against Nostell is a rearranged fixture.

Nostell visited Tad in November and lost 2-0, and Marshall is expecting a close tie.

The manager said: “The Nostell manager Alan Colquhoun doesn’t have a huge budget, but they have great young players.

“I am expecting a tight match, Alan sets his teams up well.

“They will be well organised and difficult to beat.”

Tad have a full squad to choose from this week.

“The players are fit, and ready to get going for the second half of the season,” said Marshall.

“We have two matches coming up this week and we want maximum points from them,”

Tad’s home match against Brid was postponed on Saturday as the 2Inspire poitch was waterlogged.

However, the pitch was clear of water on Monday morning, after work was carried out to pump it during the weekend.

Sadly, Tuesday’s hosting of Parkgate also bit the dust, as the pitch failed an initial inspection. Although a second inspection found it was playable, the league refused to change the original decision.

Brothers Chris and Nathan Kamara have left Tadcaster Albion after being offered deals at former club Garforth Town.

However, Albion say Garforth did not put in the usual seven-day notice to the club.

Tad club secretary Howard Clarke wrote to the West Riding FA last week to express the club’s annoyance at the manner of Garforth’s approach.

Marshall said: “There had been no approach or conversation between the clubs.

“We were disappointed Garforth didn’t respect the etiquette of letting us know they were offering two of our senior players money to go back.

“I can’t fault the players for going because they are being offered more money. It is not a problem, it is the manner of how it was done that is at fault.”

The WRFA will decide if further action is needed.

Marshall said: “All Howard has done is send an email.

“If the FA decide something needs to be done, they will do it.

“If they don’t, they don’t.”

Tad held a meeting to discuss and organise the ground grading work that needs to be completed by March 31 last night, after the Wetherby News went to press.

Work is expected to be carried out on January 19, February 7 and March 9.