Tadcaster Albion's young guns pushing for table topping show at Retford in the NCEL premier division (From York Press)
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Tadcaster Albion's young guns pushing for table topping show at Retford in the NCEL premier division
11:53am Friday 20th September 2013 in Sport
A CORE of belief is running high among Tadcaster Albion’s young colts, who could go top of the table tomorrow.
Third-placed Albion travel to meet the team just above them, Retford United, with both knowing a victory will lift them to the summit of the Northern Counties East League premier division.
Paul Marshall’s rookies shook off adversity aplenty in their midweek 2-0 home win over previously unbeaten Thackley.
Goalkeeper Peter Lawrie was injured in the warm-up forcing Leon Wrigglesworth to return for the first time after breaking a hand a month ago, while centre-back Jamie Williamson was ruled out when he suffered a back spasm.
But apart from yielding a chance in the opening exchanges, Albion were never troubled and deservedly triumphed through a sharp finish from former York City youth team winger Vince Dhesi and a penalty by Danny Barrett after brother Josh was brought down.
The Brewers’ boss said: “The young lads – where we had eight 19-year-olds in the team two matches ago – have now got belief among them. They are not afraid now and are reaping the reward.”
For the trip to Retford, the youngbloods welcome back the experienced pair of skipper Nick Thompson and striker Carl Stewart.
Selby Town came from behind in midweek to record their first cup victory in nine attempts and sneak into the second round of the NCEL League Cup.
Heroics by ’keeper Lee Kelsey and a last-minute penalty by Danny Snaith gave them a 2-1 win over Clipstone.
The visitors had gone ahead via a Rob Paling penalty after Mick Jones had nudged his opponent inside the area – Paling squeezing the ball past Kelsey.
Man-of-the-match Kelsey kept the score down with some good saves throughout the first half as Selby struggled to get hold of possession.
However, the Robins levelled just before half-time when Louis Blackwell lobbed the goalkeeper after a perfectly-weighted through ball.
Selby came close to taking the lead through Gareth Pashley’s effort, only to be denied by a Clipstone defender.
Then Nathan Kamara raced into the area before being brought down for the late spot kick, which was slotted home by Snaith.
The Robins have no game this weekend but are holding a race night at The Malt Shovel tomorrow evening. Tickets are £3 each and include a supper, though pay on the door is possible. The first race starts 8pm.
Goals from Joe Danby and Rob Hawkes were in vain as Pickering Town went down 3-2 to Brighouse Town in midweek, ending the Pikes’ recent high-scoring form in the NCEL premier division.
Pickering entertain Crook Town on Saturday in second round qualifying of the FA Vase.
Scarborough Athletic host sixth-placed Coalville Town in the Evo-Stik League division one south, while Knaresborough Town go to Marske United in the Vase.
Harrogate Town host second-placed Brackley Town in the Conference North, with Harrogate Railway away at Darlington 1883 in Evo-Stik division one north.
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