Tadcaster Albion boss positive despite cup exit

9th March  2013'Tadcaster Albion v Bridlington.'Pictured Tadcasters Callum Ward is sent flying by this tackle'Picture by Gerard Binks

9th March 2013'Tadcaster Albion v Bridlington.'Pictured Tadcasters Callum Ward is sent flying by this tackle'Picture by Gerard Binks

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Tadcaster Albion suffered a shock upset on Tuesday night as they exited the NCE League Cup at the quarter-final stage.

Boss Paul Marshall had targeted cup success to cap off the year but his side squandered the chance to reach the semis when they lost 1-0 to Nostell Miners Welfare.

The defeat came 72 hours after one of their best showings this season when 10-man Albion hammered Barton Old Boys 5-1.

Fourth-placed Albion travel to West Yorkshire side Liversedge in the NCEL Premier on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Albion missed five first team players for Nostell’s visit but Marshall admitted he was downhearted his side weren’t good enough.

Scott McGrory and Chris Youlden were cup-tied and captain Nick Thompson, Kyle Hawthorne and Sam Redhead were unavailable.

Matt Sparkes did play but pulled up near the end with a hamstring injury likely to rule him out for the rest of the season.

Nostell scored the only goal of the game straight after half time when Graham Marchant converted from the penalty spot.

“They didn’t create anything but we didn’t create anything either. It was a fair result,” said Marshall.

“We didn’t have any creativity. We didn’t look like scoring had we played all night long.”

Marshall said he would take the positives out of Saturday’s victory instead of reflecting too heavily on the cup defeat.

The Old Boys took the lead on 20 minutes but Terry Taylor’s two strikes either side of the break put Albion ahead.

Striker Callum Ward then saw red for a collision off the ball but Marshall’s side raised their game in the final quarter.

Goals from Stuart Rice, Chris Youlden and a Barton own goal sealed the points for Albion.

And the boss was full of praise for his team’s resilience towards the end.

Marshall said: “When we went down to 10 men we played some of the best football I have ever seen at this level.

“We were awesome.

“Chris Youlden and Stuart Rice turned the game on its head with their movement and Kyle Hawthorne played really well up front.

“It was unbelievable.”

But Marshall was less satisfied with Ward’s sending off, Albion’s first of the season.

“We pride ourselves on discipline. It runs from the chairman through all matters at the club.

“We are all trying to improve our behaviour. It is a strong belief that the chairman has instilled in all of us.

“For it to be our first sending off this season I am upset with Callum for doing that.

“But still, it is not a bad record to have two sendings off in two years.”

Ward should be available for Saturday’s clash but Hawthorne (absent), Sparkes (hamstring) and Thompson (ankle) will miss the game.

McGrory and Youlden should come back into the set up after being cup-tied for Tuesday.

Marshall expects Liversedge to provide a stern test as their manager Eric Gilchrist is one of the league’s most experienced.

But he wants his side to keep pushing for points until the season closes and has aimed for three wins out of three.

“Eric has vast experience of non league football. He’s been doing it as long as me,” said Marshall.

“They are a hard working team. He gets a lot of young boys from Huddersfield and he does the best with what he has available.

“We played there last month and they got it forward as quick as possible.

“They are thetype of teams that beat us.

“We have to learn to defend the long ball better.

“It will be an end of season game. But we have got up to fourth place and we are targetting three wins to get up to 80 points.”