TADCASTER Albion suffered their first defeat of pre-season after being beaten 3-0 at Liversedge.

Having beaten Albion Sports and Selby Town as well as drawing with Knaresborough Town, Taddy were in good form heading into the fixture but were handed a lesson in how to deal with set pieces.

The home side could have been in the lead inside the first minute as Joe Walton outjumped the Tadcaster defence but headed wide.

With that said, they were fortunate minutes later not to concede when Guy Bolton opened up the defence and eventually the ball was cleared off the goal line.

Walton continued to menace the Brewers defence and again outjumped everyone from a corner, on 19 minutes, but was just wide.

Minutes later, Liversedge's Alex Lill picked up a loose cross but was just wide with the goal at his mercy.

With 10 minutes of the half remaining Adam Field picked up a poor clearance from Albion’s defence and drove the shot low for the corner, foiled only by a brilliant save from Aaron Burn.

Walton again headed wide from close range, whilst from a free kick, Lill tested Burn but the Taddy keeper saved well low from close range.

The second half immediately saw more goal mouth pressure from the home side and on 49 minutes they opened the scoring; Walton headed down a free kick towards the near corner and the ball slipped through Burn.

Ify Ofoegbu was denied as goalkeeper Jordan Porter raced off his line whilst Bailey Thompson got on the end of a cross from the striker but Porter kept hold at the second attempt.

That show of promise was short lived when, on 65 minutes, another corner was headed home, this time by Lill - the signs were ominous.

In the penultimate minute, Tadcaster failed to stop a free-kick, rounding off a miserable afternoon.

Tadcaster hosted Huddersfield Town X1 at Ings Lane last night with the ground capacity amid the coronavirus pandemic increased from 200 to 400 supporters for the game.

Elsewhere, Selby Town overcame higher-ranked opposition in a 2-1 win over Knaresborough Town.

A much improved second-half performance at the Fairfax Plant Hirst Stadium saw the Robins overturn a half-time deficit to emerge as winners, in a hard fought contest, played in decidedly cool, and blustery conditions.

Knaresborough took the lead on 20 minutes that their overall play just about deserved.

Sharp passing at the edge of the Selby area succeeded in bemusing the Selby defence and playing in Thiago Braga who beat the exposed goalkeeper Dylan Parkin to beat with ease.

Selby played the second period with a renewed intensity, which completely surprised their opponents and they equalised three minutes after the restart.

Liam Flanagan fired the ball into the box, where the ball was met by a run, and a prodigious leap by George Bissett. Once he made contact there was no doubt that the ball was heading into the net.

Flanagan was again involved in the second goal which would prove to be the winner.

The forward beat a couple of men before releasing Brad Freer, the referee playing a good advantage after Flanagan was clearly tackled late. Freer advanced into the box and drew the goalkeeper, before drilling the ball into the corner of the net.