Tadcaster Albion bounce back to top spot

Jamie Williamson scored Albion's first on Saturday by Ian Parker
Jamie Williamson scored Albion's first on Saturday by Ian Parker

Tadcaster Albion’s character has been hailed by Paul Marshall’s assistant Mike Morton

Albion put the memory of their 8-1 humiliation at Brighouse Town to bed on Saturday as the Brewers swept past Garforth Town 4-1 at the 2inspire Stadium.

The convincing win took Albion back to the pinnacle of NCEL Premier as they overtook Barton Town Old Boys, whose match was postponed.

Marshall’s men head to South Yorkshire side Maltby Main this Saturday.

But the Brewers will be without midfielder Joel Dixon, who has travelled to Norway for a one-week trial at a professional club.

Dixon rejoined Albion last month to lead the club’s promotion ambitions but Morton said the opportunity was one he could not turn down.

Albion coasted past Maltby 2-0 earlier this campaign but required a last minute winner on their travels to Muglet Lane last season.

The Rotherham-outfit lie 16th but were handed a 12-point deduction in January for fielding a player under contract at Skrill North side Workington.

Morton said Albion must be aware of their false league position.

“You only have to look at their result last week in beating Albion Sports to see it’s going to be tough,” he said.

“I have never gone to Maltby and had an easy game.

“The pitch is heavy and it’s a hard place to go. They don’t get paid a lot of money and they are there to prove a point to everybody else.”

Albion’s supporters feared a repeat showing of the Brighouse showing after 17 seconds of Saturday’s victory, when Garforth striker CJ Lyle opened the scoring with his first touch.

But first-half goals from Jamie Williamson and Danny Critchlow, and Terry Taylor’s sublime free-kick put Tad in control at the break.

Substitute Carl Stewart then capped the win late on with his 25th league goal of the season.

Morton added: “The lads went out and, while they didn’t start well, the character and confidence shown was tremendous.

“It could have been a Brighouse all over again. But it came down to the mentality of the players.

“The lads weren’t going to let it happen again.

“To say the pitch was boggy, we played some great football.”

Albion have accumulated 69 points from their 33 matches, and Morton feels a minimum of 21 more points is needed to be involved in the title fight.

He said: “With 11 games left, we understand we are going to have to get into the 90’s to win the league.

“We just want to get as many points on the board as we can.”