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Tadcaster Albion’s depth gives headache for manager Paul Marshall
TADCASTER ALBION manager Paul Marshall must work out how to keep his high-flying squad happy as they bid to keep their impressive run going at Glasshoughton Welfare tomorrow.
The Brewers hammered Basford United 5-0 in the Northern Counties East League premier division in midweek with Nick Thompson, Lee Stewart, Josh Barrett, Carl Stewart and Danny Critchlow all scoring in the rout.
It was a result that extended Tadcaster’s unbeaten run in the division to 13 games – form that sees them ensconced in third place in the table.
But, having used a number of young players during the run, and with key figures returning from injury and unavailability, Marshall now has a selection conundrum ahead of this weekend’s clash with 15th-placed Welfare.
“Some of these lads have done really well and can’t even make the 16 at the moment,” he said. “I’m trying to keep people happy but these young lads know they are good enough now and want to be playing football.
“I have to manage it and keep us towards the top of the table. It’s going to be tough but it’s a better position than I thought we were going to be in at this time of the year.
“I thought that after the draws against Garforth and Parkgate in August that we would be mid-table this season so great credit has to go to the players.”
Marshall comes up against his former assistant boss Rob Hunter, who manages Glasshoughton, and he is under no illusions that his old mate will want to get a result.
He added: “He will be fired up. They have had some good results but they were hammered 6-1 at home by Retford on Tuesday night and that one might just have calmed them down a bit.”
Marshall added he was also pleased veteran defender Denny Ingram rejected an approach from Pickering Town – the 37-year-old opting to stay at Ings Lane after the Pikes put in the regulation seven-day notice.
“He really enjoys it here and everyone has taken to him at Taddy,” said Marshall of the former Hartlepool, Scarborough and Halifax player.
“People doubted when I signed a 37-year-old but he has been top drawer.
“He has played nearly every game.”
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