Albion eye Glasshoughton double

hsb  Tadcaster Albion's Steve Jeff.   (121006M3e)
hsb Tadcaster Albion's Steve Jeff. (121006M3e)

They were 2-1 down at half-time but Tadcaster Albion roared back in style to win 3-2 at Glasshoughton Welfare on Tuesday night.

Paul Marshall’s men now face a brief rest on Saturday before welcoming Glasshoughton back to 2Inspire Park next Tuesday, and Albion chairman Rob Northfield sees no reason why they can’t capture six NCEL Premier points in seven days against their visitors.

“Paul and I spoke for 20 minutes after the game and we talked about the side’s will to win,” said Northfield.

“We certainly had that on Tuesday and I think we can be quite confident of beating Glasshoughton against next week.

“They’re managed by our old assistant coach Rob Hunter and although there’s a bit of a friendly rivalry between the teams, Glasshoughton will see it as an opportunity to get back at us.

“But we showed a lot of will to win against them this week, the body language was very positive. and the fitness levels were good.

“Hopefully we can make it six points in seven days against them.”

The bad weather that has affected a lot of Yorkshire pitches over the last two weeks has mercifully left Tadcaster unscathed and Northfield says their surface is in good condition for the next encounter.

“The pitch is fine,” he confirmed.

“It actually drains much better than most pitches, and can be five feet under water one minute, and then perfectly fine two weeks later.

“The problems that other clubs have had, like Harrogate Town, we’ve certainly not had. The only time there’s ever an issue is when the river bursts its banks, and it hasn’t.”

A goal by Terry Taylor five minutes before the break and a second-half Carl Stewart brace handed Taddy all three points on Tuesday, although they were 2-0 down 26 minutes into the game.

Northfield had no doubts that it would be Albion who emerged victorious.

“We’d actually turned it round before half-time,” he said.

“We did go 2-0 down but their goals were down to two mistakes on our part. Overall we were the better side for 80 minutes and I never had any fear we wouldn’t win to be honest.

“In fact, on chances it could actually have finished 8-3.

“We hit the post, the bar, and their ‘keeper had to make some vital saves.

“Carl Stewart scored two great goals. The first was after he nipped round a defender and hit it from 15 yards, but the winner was a 30-yarder.

“He put his whole boot through it, it was an amazing goal to watch.”

The win puts Albion sixth in the NCEL Premier, and although top honours are possibly just out of reach, Northfield says the Albion team are still pushing.

“We’re doing alright,” he said.

“Some might say the title race is over, or that Scarborough and Brighouse aren’t going lose any ground, but I know if we carry on doing well, things can round around pretty quickly in a season.

“I think we’d perhaps hoped to be further ahead than we are, but there’s a lot of football still to play.”

The chairman also said he and Marshall already have one eye focused on firming up plans for next season.

They are considering introducing contracts for certain players in a bid to protect the squad from being poached of its key names.

“Paul and I are already talking about next season, and contracts are one thing we’re considering,” he said.

“At the moment, nobody’s on a contract and we’d agreed that with the league because if everybody starts going on contracts it means the FA could start looking at bringing in transfer windows.

“But if nobody’s on one, we’ve got no protection from the league in terms of our players being poached by other clubs.

“Putting maybe six players on contract is something I’m considering for next year.”