Four rejoin Tadcaster Albion for title charge

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Paul Marshall has re-signed four former Tadcaster Albion stars this week in a bid to strengthen the club’s promotion chances.

Calum Ward, Jake McCormick, Matty Howgate and Joel Dixon have all returned to The Brewers after spells with other clubs.

Marshall said: “All four lads are going to be a massive part of the squad from now until the end of the season.

“Hopefully they’ll be the final piece in the jigsaw to us gaining promotion.

“All the players who have represented Tad so far this season have done extremely well, but we just need a final push.”

Striker Ward signed from Evo Stik First Division North side Ossett Town on Thursday and is expected to go straight into the starting line-up for Saturday’s home game against Winterton Rangers.

Ward played for The Brewers last season but was released by Marshall at the end of the season despite scoring 14 goals.

He was best remembered for the hat-trick he scored in the 4-1 FA Cup victory over Skelmersdale United.

The forward will provide extra fire-power for Tad alongside top goalscored Carl Stewart, who has found the net 23 times this season.

Ward, 20, said: “The ambition at Tadcaster Albion is clear for everyone to see.

“The facilities have been improved, the attendances are increasing every week and there’s a real buzz around the place.

“I’ve seen the success they’ve had already this season and hopefully I can be a part of it.

“I already know a lot of the players, so it won’t take me long to fit back in.”

Ward admitted dropping down a division was a difficult decision to make.

“I couldn’t sleep on Thursday night,” he said.

“I just had so much on my mind. It was a big decision to leave the Evo Stik League, but it’s the correct decision. Tad are really going places.

“I’d like to thank everyone at Ossett Town because they took a chance with me. I’ll always be grateful for that.

“It was a difficult decision, but I’ve made the right decision for me.”

Tough tackling midfielder Dixon has also dropped down a league to re-join Albion.

Dixon has starred in Harrogate Railway’s midfield this season after joining the club in October.

Railway also lost central midfielder Si Parkes to long term injury on Saturday.

But Rail’ boss Billy Miller dismissed tbat Dixon’s exit would leave him short in midfield.

“As the door shuts for Joe, it opens the door for Fatlum Ibrahimi,” said Miller.

“he is as good but younger.”

Meanwhile, McCormick was offered the chance to rejoin Albion after impressing during Tuesday night’s friendly with Britannia.

McCormick was previously on the books at Middlesbrough and Doncaster Rovers, but has recently been taking a break from football.

The 19-year-old plans to work hard on his fitness over the coming weeks, and has targeted five goals by the end of the season.

McCormick, who scored three goals for Albion last term, said: “I’m really looking forward to getting back into training. I’ve been doing a lot of running recently, but it’s not really the same.

“I need some games under my belt to really get fit again.”

Attacking midfielder Howgate has also returned to Tadcaster Albion after work commitments forced him to leave the area.