As the biggest game in Tadcaster Albion’s history approaches, sports reporter Dan Windham previews their historic FA Vase clash along with the rest of the footballing fixtures across the Harrogate district.
It’s been a season to remember so far for Tadcaster Albion with Paul Marshall’s side leading the pack in the Northern Counties Eastern League and making it to the fifth round of the League Cup in commanding fashion.
However, it’s been their valiant pursuit of thee FA Vase which has captured the imagination around the club with excitement reaching fever pitch ahead of this weekend’s quarter final clash at Highworth Town.
While the cup draw didn’t prove kind to the Brewers in terms of distance, Marshall’s side may take comfort in the fact that their Swindon opponents were soundly beaten at the weekend and their league campaign is effectively over.
Highworth may claim their 4-1 defeat was due to resting key players in preparation for the tie but there is little suggestion the Tadcaster players will struggle to summon the necessary energy in their quest to make the competition’s final four.
Just five weeks after beating Boston United 2-1 at the CNG Stadium to end their dismal run of eight games without a win, Harrogate Town take part in the reverse fixture but without their star midfielder Andy Gascoigne.
It was in this fixture in January where Gascoigne announced himself to the CNG faithful, striking after 11 minutes to set Town up for victory then going on to score in his next four league fixtures before a horror tackle left him with a broken his leg in the win over Chorley FC on Saturday.
Harrogate Railway are looking to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat at home to Prescot Cables with victory over New Mills who are fighting for their lives in the Evo-Stik First Division.
After an incredible run of just one defeat in 15 games, Railway have struggled since losing their talisman Nathan Cartman and have lost their last three fixtures, but boss Billy Miller is confident of a return to winning ways.
Brian Davey will be hoping his Knaresborough Town side can rediscover their goalscoring touch when they host Clipstone on Saturday after scoring just one goal in their last four Division One fixtures.
Strikers Colin Heath, Brad Walker and Mitch Hamilton will all be vying for a start in the match to try and register their first goal between them since January 10.
In the West Yorkshire League, Ripon and Boroughbridge’s fight for survival enters the final third of the season with both facing winnable games against Hunslet Club and Shelley respectively.
Bardsey will look to bounce back from crashing out of the League Cup to Knaresborough Town Reserves with a clash against Brighouse while the reserves travel to Oxenhope.
Mark Forster’s Wetherby Athletic will be looking to make it 10 games unbeaten when they take on Beeston St Anthony’s after holding high-flying Horbury Town to a 2-2 draw on Saturday.