Tadcaster Albion manager Paul Marshall urged his side to continue the form that saw them beat this year’s title hopefuls at the weekend.
The Brewers derailed Bridlington Town’s title charge last Saturday after Stuart Rice struck the only goal of the game against his former club.
Albion then faced last year’s NCEL Premier champions Retford United away on Tuesday night but suffered a tough 90 minutes before capitulating 4-1.
Stuart Youldon scored Tad’s only goal just after the restart.
Marshall’s teamnow host Thackley at the 2inspire Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) and the boss reckons a victory would consolidate their position in fifth place.
Albion have lost only one match in their last 12 and Marshall has challenged his troops to keep fighting hard.
“We just want to keep this run going,” he said.
“We are not going to win the league but we are going to have a major say in it.”
Albion cancelled out the threat posed by Bridlington as the usually free-scoring visitors could only muster a handful of chances (see p101 for more).
Marshall said his players’ effort in the 1-0 victory, on a barely playable pitch, characterised what he wanted as manager.
“I asked for consistency and for everyone to play to a level of seven and above and I think everybody has done that,” he said.
“I never thought the game would be on but the referee was adamant it was fine.
“But to keep going in that mud, Nick Thompson driving forward, it was an exceptional performance from everybody.”
Marshall spoke of his friendship with Thackley manager Vinny Brockie, whose side he feels will offer a stern test.
He said: “We always have good games with Thackley.
“Both clubs are improving clubs and I know their manager Vinny well as he used to manage at Harrogate Railway.
“He’s a good coach who gets them playing good football.
“Vinny is a very animated manager. He gets the players motivated so it will be a really tough match. We drew at their place when we probably should have lost but we beat them in the cup earlier in the season too.”
Midfielder George Bissett missed the trip to Retford but should return for Thackley.
Fellow midfielder Joel Dickson will also be back available for Marshall after representing England Universities.
He played in their 4-0 win over Wales last week and his boss was overjoyed for him.
“He came into our squad in December and has done really well for us,” Marshall said.
“It’s nice to have an England representative in your squad.
“I think he is the first Tadcaster Albion player to play for England.”