Tadcaster Albion on march for goal rush
Updated 12:20pm Friday 4th April 2014 in Sport
TADCASTER Albion are the form team in the league - and manager Paul Marshall is determined to make sure they continue their winning ways.
The Brewers take on Glasshoughton Welfare in their penultimate Northern Counties East League premier division home game tomorrow proudly standing five points ahead at the table's summit.
Barton Town Old Boys and Brighouse Town, who have three games in hand on Albion, continue to breathe down the necks of the Ings Lane outfit but Marshall's men have been in storming form - winning their last five games, scoring 16 goals and conceding none.
They now await a Glasshoughton outfit butchered 6-0 by Barton last weekend and, with Tadcaster similarly dismissive in a 4-0 victory at Bridlington, the Brewers' boss wants more of the same from his men.
"It's a game we should win comfortably," he said. "We have got the belief in our own ability and have better quality in the squad. Our first thought in a match is about hard work and that stems from Nick Thompson and then the quality comes through with our goalscorers. We are the form team in the league and we are playing really well."
Asked how his team would react if the game did not immediately go to plan, Marshall added: "We went to Lincoln (bottom of the table) and it was 1-1 at half-time. We missed so many chances but we put six or seven in during the second half.
"We have to expect to win and make sure the belief and the desire is there."
Denny Ingram is serving the second of a two game suspension so new signing Conor Qualter, who made his debut against Bridlington, will continue in the defence.
Pickering Town boss Mitch Cook has hailed his side's link up with York City.
The Recreation Ground club bounced back from a couple of bad defeats, including a 5-0 derby loss to Tadcaster Albion, with a 2-1 win against Parkgate last weekend - a victory founded on the work of a couple of Minstermites.
Oliver Smith and Niall Tilsley made their debuts after arriving on work experience from Bootham Crescent. With York youth Harry Coates having already made an impact at Mill Lane, Cook is keen for the partnership to continue.
"I know Richard Dryden (York City's head of coaching) really well," he said. "It's something they are interested in - getting these young lads into some men's games. It gives us a chance as well to look at some players who may be available in the future.
"It's about forging links with York City. We've found that these lads go back into York and say some good things about us. In youth football, it's not win at all costs but winning means a lot at our level and these lads are playing in front of crowds as well.
"It's a completely different environment and it's good experience for them."
Pickering travel to Armthorpe Welfare in the premier division tomorrow and Cook added: "When you look back, they've had a couple of good results and, in the four years I have been in this league, it's been a tough place to go. I'm not expecting anything else.
"What I hope from us is that we turn up, play and perform. If we do that, we will have a chance."
Selby, whose game at Eccleshill United on Wednesday night was abandoned at half-time - with the score at 1-1 - because of fog, go to Cleethorpes Town tomorrow in NCEL division one. Knaresborough Town await the visit of Grimsby Borough in the same division.
Eighth placed Harrogate Town will bid to snap a run of three straight draws, and re-establish their Conference North play-off hopes, when they go to Gloucester City. Harrogate Railway are not in Evo-Stik League division one north action until Monday when they entertain Curzon Albion. Scarborough Athletic host Market Drayton tomorrow in division one south.
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