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Inspired Tadcaster Albion’s ascent to history
PROUD Paul Marshall has hailed his table-topping Tadcaster Albion team – and hopes new stability off the pitch will help his side stay at the summit.
The Brewers boss watched his squad ascend to the summit of the Northern Counties East League premier division for the first time ever last Saturday after a 4-1 win over Long Eaton United at Ings Lane.
That stretched Tadcaster’s unbeaten run to ten games ahead of an early-season top of the table showdown against Retford this weekend.
Off the pitch, the club are also set to have new owners with York employment firm i2i instructing its legal team to carry out due diligence following an open forum held last week.
The company has deep links with the Brewers – managing director Matthew Gore ran the club’s reserve outfit when they were in the Lancashire League, while operations manager James Gore has played for Marshall at a number of clubs.
Buoyed by the return of striker Carl Stewart, who has scored six goals in three games for the Brewers, Marshall is hopeful his side can carry on their outstanding run of form.
“Every game we have managed to improve week on week,” he said.
“We have never been top of the table in our history and we have tried four times over the last two years to get there. Saturday was the first time.
“It’s amazing considering we have had so many injuries and we played games with six, seven and eight players who are all under 19.
“We have got a great technically gifted group of players coming through mixed with a couple of older heads and we are getting some players back.
“Carl Stewart is a match-winner. He’s only at 50 per cent at the moment but he’s scored six goals and he hasn’t even played three full games.
“This year we look like we have got a few players who can score goals and Carl knows how to do it on a regular basis.”
Marshall continued: “It’s a big game against Retford. We’ve got eight games in October and they are all tough, difficult games so Saturday will be a big test.
“It’s very close at the top but it is nice for us to have made history by getting to the top of the table.”
On the prospect of the club linking up with i2i, Marshall, who is currently serving as interim chairman following the departure of Rob Northfield, said: “I think they are waiting for solicitors to dot the i’s and cross the t’s.
“It would be massive for the club because they are such a professional outfit. They are football people. Jimmy Gore played for me for most of his career and it would be a great match.”
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