Tadcaster Albion ‘won’t panic’ after disappointing FA Vase exit - Miller

Colin Larkin, left, scored a hat-trick to knock Tadcaster Albion out of the FA Vase (Photo: Ian Parker)
Colin Larkin, left, scored a hat-trick to knock Tadcaster Albion out of the FA Vase (Photo: Ian Parker)

Disappointed boss Billy Miller was not prepared to panic after watching his side bow out of the FA Vase in humiliating fashion on Tuesday.

The Northern Counties East League leaders were thumped 4-0 at Sunderland RCA to end any dreams of a date at Wembley Stadium in the new year.

Former Harrogate Town striker Colin Larkin was the scourge of the Brewers with a hat-trick for the Northern League outfit as Albion put in an under-par performance.

It was the second time Albion have fallen to a defeat against a team outside the Northern Counties structure this season, following their FA Cup exit to western side Colne.

But Miller remained defiant over the quality his squad possesses and urged the Brewers squad to put the defeat to the back of their minds as soon as possible.

He said: “It’s just part and parcel of football. We have to be careful not to lose sight of where we have come from. We came across a good side on form.

We didn’t become a bad team overnight.”

Billy Miller, Tadcaster Albion manager

“I don’t think it will be hard to pick them up. That’s the distraction gone now and we have talked about that after the game.

“It was the quietest dressing room I have ever seen after a game.

“But it was good to see some of the senior players come to the fore and tell the younger players some difficult defeats they have experienced before.

“We didn’t become a bad team overnight.

“We are not going to panic just because we got beat last night.

“We will dust ourselves down and pick ourselves up to concentrate on the league, which has always been our priority.”

The match in the North East had been postponed on Saturday with Albion already on their way to the ground, while Tuesday’s match was touch and go.

However Miller refused to blame the circumstances around the scheduling and hailed the hosts for “being the better team.”

Promotion remains firmly on the agenda at the i2i Stadium, with Albion sitting pretty on the top of the table and rivals Worksop Town out of form.

Albion will look for an immediate response when they return to league action against Parkgate this Saturday.

Miller should have defender Andy Milne and new signing Conor Sellars available for selection.

The South Yorkshire side provided one of Miller’s darkest days since taking up the managerial earlier in the season when recovering from 3-1 down to take a 4-3 win back to Rotherham.

The Albion boss was wary of the confidence such result would give Saturday’s hosts, who are deep in relegation trouble.

He added: “We have to make sure that we are at the office.

“They know how to beat us and while I think we have improved ten fold as a group since then, it doesn’t deflect from the fact that if we don’t get it right on Saturday, they can beat us.”

“The British love an underdog and they will be that underdog. We have to perform. If we don’t Parkgate might embarrass us for a second time this season.”