Tadcaster Albion were denied a place in the final of the West Riding County Cup after a comprehensive 4-0 home defeat to Bradford Park Avenue last night.
Bradford’s Steve Boothman stole the show on the night, opening the scoring with a sensational opening goal from the edge of the area before providing two of the other three.
Josh Greening almost pulled Albion level moments later but saw his effort well saved but the deficit was doubled on the stroke of half time.
Boothman’s corner deep into injury time was met by Richard Marshall’s bullet header into the top corner and Ryan Qualter made the tie safe two minutes into the second half.
With the result beyond doubt, the visitors continued to pile on the pressure which eventually told as Chib Chilaka latched onto Boothman’s ball to slot home two minutes before the final whistle.
The cup clash was being played at the third time of asking after fog postponed the initial meeting between the sides and the second was forced to be replayed as Avenue fielded an ineligible player.
The result rounds off a difficult week for Paul Marshall and his side who crashed out of the FA Vase in ugly scenes and have now lost four of their last five fixtures.
However, the Tadcaster manager was manager was in good spirits after the game and was pleased to see an improved performance by his team following a testing period.
Marshall’s side turn their attention back to their title pursuit on Saturday, after slipping to third place last night, as they host Athersley Recreation.
Tadcaster may have surrendered their position at the Premier League’s summit but they will be buoyed by recent results as rivals Shaw Lane have lost their last two fixtures.
After losing 3-0 to league leaders Worksop Town on Saturday, Shaw Lane fell to a 1-0 home defeat to Liversedge but are still six points behind Tadcaster with four games in hand.
Both sides at the top of the table also dropped points last night as Cleethorpe’s late equaliser denied Worksop Town a fifth straight consecutive league victory.