TADCASTER Albion came back from a goal down against 10-man Prescot Cables to secure their first league win in four attempts, writes Olly Wood.

Simon Russell, Andy Milne and Bailey Thompson netted to overturn Michael Monaghan's early opener in the 3-1 Northern Premier League north/west division win.

On Cables' first outing following a Covid-19 isolation period, James Edgar was shown a straight red for a foul on Kain Rogerson five minutes before half-time.

Victory takes Taddy to 10th. On Saturday, the Brewers travel to Kendal Town.

The game began in quite frantic fashion, with Tadcaster starting the better. In the opening five minutes Ify Ofoegbu picked up the ball on the edge of the box and fired narrowly wide of an upright.

Taddy continued to push and a couple of minutes later, Thompson saw an effort hit the side netting from a tight angle following good work from Rogerson on the left wing.

Then came a sucker punch for Albion in the seventh minute. Monaghan ghosted in at the back post and headed Matty Hamilton’s looped cross passed Will Appleyard from close range.

However, the visitors' lead did not last long and in the ninth minute, Russell scored a quite fantastic volley which nestled into the top-left corner. Junayd Pandor did well out wide on the left, terrorising his man before supplying the perfect delivery for Russell to finish coolly.

Pandor continued to look sharp and dangerous on the left-hand side with some impressive touches and flashy skill making it tough for the Prescot defence all night.

In the 20th minute, Russell played Ofoegbu in behind but his effort on goal was well blocked. The resulting corner was followed by unheeded calls for a penalty with Milne going down in the area.

Prescot took full advantage and countered only to be stopped brilliantly by Romario Vieira, who made a last-ditch challenge on the edge of the Tadcaster box.

Rogerson’s deliveries were a constant threat for the Prescot back four. Milne met one in the 21st minute but headed wide of the target.

With 10 minutes to go before the break, Prescot worked an opening for Jamie Rainford, who from around 25 yards out shot straight at Appleyard, but the keeper collected comfortably.

Seconds later, the visitors came again, Monaghan flashing a cross in from the right with a Taddy head flicking it out for a corner.

The resulting set-piece produced an almost identical situation, this time from the opposite side, but it bounced wide. Prescot tails were up and Rainford again tested Appleyard but the keeper was equal to the attempt.

With just five minutes to go before half-time, Edgar slid in late on Rogerson and there was no hesitation from the referee with the red card.

Buoyed by the advantage, Tadcaster created the final chance of the half but Ofoegbu’s strike was tame and easy for Mitchell Allen.

It did not take long for the extra man to pay off for the hosts after the break. Pandor won a corner two minutes into the second half, Rogerson delivered and the ball broke for Thompson, who did really well to keep it alive at the back post before crossing into the middle. A helpful ricochet and it fell to Milne who fired into the bottom corner.

Ten minutes into the second half there were more shouts for a penalty, this time for the visitors as Monaghan took a tumble, but the referee showed the winger a yellow card for simulation.

As the clock ticked past the hour mark, Paul Quinn instigated what would prove to be an important double substitution for the hosts. Ofoegbu and Rogerson were replaced by Kevin Santos and Corey Roper.

With a bit of a reshuffle, which saw Roper play in the middle of the park, Tadcaster gained a real foothold of the game dictating the play through Russell and putting real pressure on Prescot.

With around 20 minutes to go, Thompson put the game to bed scoring a typical number nine’s header. The tall striker rose really well in-between the central defenders and matched an inch-perfect delivery from James Ngoe with a classy header into the corner.

The job now was to see the game out and Jack Crook was brought on to replace Romario Vieira to do just that. Thompson could have put the game out of sight with a carbon copy of his goal when Pandor supplied the cross, but this time the ball flew just over the bar.

If the Prescot defence thought Pandor had given them a tough night, Santos also had the defenders struggling with his constant driving down the left, but he could not manage to work an opening to strike on goal.

There would be time for one more Tadcaster chance. Ngoe again did really well down the right before putting a ball across the face of goal and Russell popped up at the back post but his strike rattled the crossbar.

Pickering Town dropped to 14th in the NPL north/west division following a 4-0 defeat at in-form Marine. The Pikes return to action at the weekend with an FA Trophy third qualifying round tie against Runcorn Linnets at Mill Lane.