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Tadcaster Albion struck by fresh injury woes
10:29am Friday 30th August 2013 in Sport
TADCASTER Albion manager Paul Marshall has been struck by fresh injury woes ahead of their clash at Maltby Main tomorrow.
Goalkeeper Leon Wrigglesworth and midfielder George Bissett have both been ruled out for six to eight weeks, deepening the Northern Counties East League premier division club’s casualty list.
Albion have faced serious injury problems recently and with the still doubtful Carl Stewart recovering from a knee injury, Tadcaster could be without their joint top scorer.
Yet despite the blows, Marshall hopes his team can find form now captain Nick Thompson and Jamie Williamson are set to return.
Tadcaster are in search of their first win in five games after the Brewers shared a 0-0 draw last week against Garforth Town that left the manager disappointed.
Said Marshall: “They under-performed and weren’t playing to the standard we expect.
“They passed it well but there was no tempo in the play. The passing was too slow.”
Middle of the table Albion left it late on Bank Holiday Monday with Matthew Sparks and Ben Turner rescuing a point in the last five minutes in a 2-2 draw against Parkgate.
Marshall said: “Goalkeeper Peter Lawrie was outstanding. He won the point for us.”
The Brewers now have a busy home schedule ahead with Armthorpe visiting on Tuesday. “That will be a tough game, they have players who are a real handful,” added the Brewers’ boss.
Elsewhere in the top-flight, Pickering Town boss Jimmy Reid remains unfazed by the busy away schedule as the team go to Barnsley to play Athersley Recreation.
Reid said: “We would rather play the teams now while the pitches are good.
“The aim now is to pick up decent points away from home.”
Pickering struggled in a 2-1 loss to Retford last Saturday. The Pikes also left it late in their 1-1 draw with Basford United on Monday, Joe Danby scoring a 78th-minute equaliser.
Athersley, who are currently fourth, have scored 14 goals already this season, but Reid is confident in his defenders, adding: “We are not worried about the defensive record. The team will get stronger.”
The Pikes travel to Lincoln to play current second bottom outfit Lincoln Moorlands on Tuesday.
In the NCEL first division, Selby Town face Cleethorpes Town in their last league home game for a month.
Manager Ian Dring said: “Six home games one after the other is ridiculous.
“With the last home game coming up, we could do with a win.”
A 2-0 home defeat to Hall Road Rangers on Monday saw the Robins slip to 15th place.
The Robins have no major injuries game but Dring feels some of the players are letting the team down.
“With Bank Holiday, a few of the lads didn’t show up which let the team down and cost us the game,” he said.
Selby’s first away trip will be on Tuesday at new club Shaw Lane Aquaforce.
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