NEWLY-APPOINTED Tadcaster Albion manager Curtis Woodhouse insists that he is up for the fight as he looks to rebuild the club as the new season gets underway tomorrow.

The former Premier League midfielder-turned-boxer, who featured for Sheffield United, Birmingham City and Hull City during his 14-year playing career, was appointed as the new Tadcaster boss in June following the resignation of Simon Collins.

Woodhouse holds previous managerial and coaching experience having been in the backroom staff at both Mansfield Town and Lincoln City and in charge of non-league sides Sheffield FC, Goole, Hull United and Bridlington Town.

It has not been the easiest of welcomes to life at Ings Lane, with the majority of his playing squad departing over the summer and financial issues at the club restricting his ability to source replacements.

Woodhouse though insists that he is up for the challenges that the role may throw at him ahead of the Brewers' Northern Premier League north/west campaign-opener at home to Trafford (3pm).

“When the Tadcaster Albion job came up it was one that really interested me,” he explained.

“I had had a few offers since leaving Bridlington but the timing wasn’t right.

“My initial gut feeling about the Tadcaster job was that this is for me.

“I quickly realised this was going to be tougher than I first thought but I don’t mind a fight.

“Most of the players had left and the club had some financial issues which would mean the playing budget would be seriously affected.

“I saw it as an opportunity to build something from scratch.

“Instead of worrying about what we didn’t have, I would concentrate on improving what we did have and maximising our resources.”

Despite having just five members of the playing squad on the roster, Woodhouse says he pleased with the character of the players.

“My first job was to speak to the lads that were still at the club,” he continued.

“They all understood the financial situation and wanted to be a part of getting the club back on its feet. That made me realise the feeling the lads had for the club; it was a good start.

“The main things I was looking for were pace, energy and desire. Regarding recruitment I’ve been really happy with the result - the lads have been exceptional in pre-season.”

Elsewhere, Selby Town are joint-top of the Northern Counties East League division one table after coming from behind to win 3-2 at Glasshoughton Welfare.

Ashley Bell put the hosts ahead after 23 minutes but shortly after, Dan Walker levelled.

Minutes into the second period, Selby were in front via Liam Flanagan’s finish and they doubled that lead on 67 minutes through Joe Dale’s tap-in.

Glasshoughton did respond soon after through substitute Ryan Hallsworth, but Town held off their late charge to take the three points.

The Robins visit Harrogate Railway Athletic tomorrow (3pm).

NPL north/west outfit Pickering Town have bolstered their squad with the loan signings of Hull City goalkeeper Harrison Foulkes until January and York City defender Jake Watson for a month. Former Hull City left-back Leon Dawson has also moved to the Pikes.

Pickering kick off their new league season tomorrow afternoon (3pm) at Workington.