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Tadcaster Albion's Chris Kamara revels in late drama
10:02am Monday 1st October 2012 in Sport
KNOCKOUT aces Tadcaster Albion translated their storming cup form to advance into the top ten of the Northern Counties East League.
Albion won a five-goal thriller at Maltby Main and moved to ninth spot in the premier division as signs grew of the side hitting a run of consistency.
But it was a nerve-jangling success that was not clinched until stoppage-time when substitute Chris Kamara grabbed the winner.
Albion trailed as early as the sixth minute to Maltby’s Adam Houghton, but 12 minutes later the leveller was struck with a cool penalty finish from Steven Jeff.
With the second half ticking down and no goals added, a draw looked likley until Ryan Qualter put Albion ahead in the 70th minute.
Maltby countered, equalising through Mario Campagna 11 minutes from time.
But the Tad ranks dug deep and, forcing the pace, yielded maximum reward with Kamara’s late strike.
However, while Albion's campaign continued to gather momentum, fellow NCEL premier division rivals Pickering Town dipped again in their roller-coaster term.
The Pikes failed to breach the rearguard of hosts Thackley, who then confirmed three points with the game's only goal, a 74th-minute strike from John Mallinson.
Scarborough Athletic re-affirmed their second place behind free-scoring Worskop Parramore after a 4-0 hammering of Heanor. Former Pickering striker Tom Adams and ex-Leeds United man Tony Hackworth shared a brace of goals apiece, the game effectively over early in the second half when Adams made it 3-0.
While Adams' former club Pickering fell by a solitary goal, so too did Selby Town, but their 1-0 division one home loss to Appleby Frodingham was a sucker punch delivered just a minute from time by marksman Nathan Holtby depriving the Robins of only their eighth point of the season.
Harrogate Town, meanwhile, wrecked the maximum record of Worcester, their hosts in the Blue Square Bet North.
Worcester’s opener. courtesy of an own goal from Alan White. was wiped out by a crisp 20-yard drive from debut-making Dan Clayton.
Though Worcester went ahead again, their bid to preserve a 100 per cent league record ended in the final minute with a second Town leveller from substitute Paul Beesley.