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Tadcaster Albion seek FA Cup progress
EXPERIENCE will be the key factor for the youngbloods of Tadcaster Albion to advance in the FA Cup tomorrow.
Albion head into tomorrow’s first qualifying round duel at home to Holker Old Boys on the back of a midweek 4-1 humbling by Heanor Town in the Northern Counties East League premier division.
The loss, insisted Paul Marshall, was largely attributable to the visitors missing four key personnel and having to field no fewer than seven players under the age of 21.
“We did well for the opening 40 minutes when we matched them, but once they took the lead before half-time our heads went down,” said the Brewers’ boss.
“With being such a young team we can’t seem to raise ourselves once we go behind. We were too young a team and certainly missing the likes of Danny Gray, Nick Thompson, Nathan Kamara and Stuart Rice, who were either injured or unavailable.
“To have four players like that out is a big blow because they all know what this league is about. And it’s been a bit unfair on the younger lads because I’ve had to throw them in when they need to be bedded in not played every Saturday, Wednesday and Saturday.”
For tomorrow’s FA Cup clash, Marshall may have three of that nous-packed quartet back. Kamara and Rice may well have shrugged off injuries while Thompson is due back from holiday.
The main task at Ings Lane will be to see off the Cumbrian outfit at the first time of asking.
Explained Marshall: “I don’t know that much about Holker except that they drew away with Northern League opposition in their first two cup outings and then saw them off in the replays.
“I would not fancy going back to Barrow on a Tuesday night, so hopefully we can get a positive result tomorrow and reach the next stage.”
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