Marshall targets title challenge next season

hsb  Nick Thompson playing for Tadcaster Albion against Retford United.  (120107M1f)
hsb Nick Thompson playing for Tadcaster Albion against Retford United. (120107M1f)

IF you have a spare tenner it might be worth sticking it on Tadcaster Albion to win the NCEL Premier League next season.

You’ll get some decent odds with the likes of Scarborough Athletic, Bridlington, Winterton and Parkgate still in the mix.

NAWN 110928 Tadcaster Albion management. (110928AM1)

NAWN 110928 Tadcaster Albion management. (110928AM1)

But with chairman Rob Northfield and manager Paul Marshall looking to push on next season, and Nick Thompson, Ryan Qualter and Arran Reid signing contracts to stay at The Park, they could be the dark horses.

“The NCEL Premier is one of the hardest leagues to get out of with just the champions going up,” said Marshall.

“But we’ve got to be positive, it was a really good finish to the season and we ended on one less point than we got last season.

“The chairman is really ambitious, he wants us to push on next season.

“We’ve already signed up Ryan, Nick and Arran. It’s the first time the club have put players on a contract so that’s a big move.”

Asked whether Tad’ can mount a serious title challenge next campaign, Marshall said: “It’s what you look at the start of every season, especially if our chairman has got the ambition to move the club forward.

“We’ve got to push for promotion every year.”

Albion finished their 2011/12 campaign last Friday night with a 3-1 win at home to Staveley Miners Welfare to end eighth.

Nathan Kamara (14) and Matthew Sparkes (22) put Albion into a 2-0 lead at the break.

Ryan Damms made it 2-1 with a 59th minute penalty.

But Danny Gray’s 71st minute strike sealed the points for Marshall.

It meant Tad’ finished the season with three straight wins, something Marshall was happy with.

“It was a good way to end,” added Marshall.

“We played really well. And I was really pleased for Danny.

“He’s been out for a while. To come back and get a goal was good for him.”