TADCASTER Albion came up with the perfect to the weekend’s defeat at Liversedge by defeating Huddersfield Town Academy 2-0 at the Global Stadium.

Taddy were beaten 3-0 by Liversedge on Saturday, their first loss of pre-season, but goals from Jack Crook and Simon Russell ensured the Brewers recaptured their best form ahead of the start of their competitive opener in the FA Cup on September 12.

The former of the goalscorers, former Harrogate Town Under-23 Crook, was in a Taddy shirt for the first time and slotted into the midfield.

Ify Ofoegbu almost stole in right from the kick-off but for the next 15 minutes Albion were subjected to real pressure from their fast moving and skilful visitors.

Nevertheless on five minutes, James Ngoe battled out of defence to put Crook away but the shot was wide.

At the other end, Andy Milne got in the way of Myles Bright’s goal bound effort and then put a cross through to Bailey Thompson but despite some tight passing around the box the Brewers failed to penetrate the Terriers defence.

Tadcaster had weathered the storm and, on 20 minutes, Crook collected the ball some 35 yards out, out manoeuvred three defenders and smashed it into the near corner of the net from just inside the area.

Taddy keeper Aaron Burn stood firm to deny Ian Harratt at close range after a dangerous pass from Bright.

Ofoegbu then slipped a defence-splitting pass to Thompson but he was adjudged offside, although that was the last that was seen of the striker who picked up a knock.

Things continued to get better as a confident Albion took the game straight to Huddersfield after the interval.

On 50 minutes, Milne produced a peach of a ball to Omar Sanyang who skipped through the back line but was clattered as he teed up his shot.

The experienced Russell confidently despatched the penalty into the far corner despite keeper Giosue Bellagambi having guessed correctly.

The Terriers countered as Sam Sharrock-Peplow put a long ball out of defence to Bright some 18 yards out, but it was not the best finish and Burn was well placed to avert the danger.

On the hour mark, Harratt put Bright through but again Burn was in the right position for the low curler.

Manager Paul Quinn rung the changes as this juncture with Rogerson, Ejupi, Ngwana and Pattinson replacing Thompson, Milne, Sanyang and Ngoe.

Crook picked up a knock on 68 minutes and Sanyang was back on.

Huddersfield had a chance with 15 minutes left on the clock but the impressive Harratt was tackled before getting a shot away whilst substitute Baxter Darnel cleared the bar when well placed.

Bellagambi saved from point blank range as Kevin Santos hit for home whilst Derrick Ngwama shot just wide in the dying moments.

The effervescent Jake Rose had the last say in the match and he raced down the right flank and crossed to Sanyang but was foiled by lightning fast reactions from Bellagambi who pushed the close range shot to safety.

Tadcaster’s pre-season preparations conclude on Tuesday when they host Vanarama National League North side Farsley Celtic at the Global Stadium (7.30pm) before the competitive season begins just four days later in the FA Cup preliminary round.