By Olly Wood

TADCASTER Albion made it back-to-back wins under new boss John Deacey with a 5-1 victory at Yorkshire rivals Pontefract Collieries.

Deacey took permanent charge of the Brewers a fortnight ago, and his perfect start has lifted Taddy five points clear of the Northern Premier League east division relegation zone.

Jack Crook was one of two changes from the previous week's 2-1 win over Bridlington Town, replacing Marco Basic, who has moved to divisional rivals Yorkshire Amateur. Frazier Papprill also dropped out for Freddie Sass.

Taddy made a fast start with skipper Simon Russell and Eddie Church making in-roads in behind the Colls' defence.

The hosts were first to try their luck on goal seven minutes in, Luke Hinsley hooking a half-cleared effort over the bar.

Five minutes later Tad had their first effort on goal, Donald Chimalilo just off-target with a curling strike after good work from Romario Vieira.

A minute later Pontefract saw a deflected effort cleared away by Sass.

As the game approached the 20-minute mark, the Brewers started to get into their stride, linking up with one-twos in and around the box.

Russell was the next to try his luck from outside the box, his effort also wayward.

Taddy got their chance to break the deadlock 27 minutes in when they were awarded a penalty. Russell sprang the offside trap and clipped the ball in for Church, who beat the keeper to the ball and was taken down. Vieira, with a hop, skip and a jump, coolly slotted it in for his second from the spot in two games.

Seven minutes later, Tad struck their second with Russell again getting in behind. From out wide, he squared for Church, who kept the move alive and played it back for Des Amponsah to tap in a second.

Vieira, at the double against Brid, made it back-to-back braces with a well-struck 43rd-minute free kick into a corner.

Taddy added a fourth deep into the five minutes of stoppage time. Crook was played in out wide with plenty of space ahead of him and crossed for Church, who controlled and fired into the top corner on the half-turn.

Five minutes into the second half, Chimalilo almost extended the Brewers' advantage with a curling effort towards the top corner.

As the half wore on, Pontefract were beginning to have more of the play and keeper Harrison Davison-Hale took a dangerous cross really well to relieve some pressure on the Tad defence.

In the 63rd minute, new signing Charlie Marshall, who joined in the week from Liversedge, was brought on to replace Chimalilo.

And two minutes later, the Brewers had their fifth, Church again on the scoresheet. A fantastic ball from Corey Roper put him in behind and the striker lifted the ball over the keeper.

With 15 minutes left, the hosts pulled one back, Gavin Rothery finding space on the edge of the area and hitting the top corner.

Church almost got his hat-trick with six minutes to go but was denied by a good save from point-blank range.

There was time for one more chance, which fell to Pontefract. Joao Rangel was in one-on-one but Davison-Hale was out quickly, making himself big and saving the effort.

Pickering Town sit at the foot of the table following a 4-0 defeat to Cleethorpes Town at Mill Lane.

By Phil Dearnley

Selby Town continued their slide down the table following an 8-1 thrashing at Hallam.

The Robins, who started term so well, now sit 11th in Northern Counties East League.

Followers are now looking over their shoulders following a desperate second-half performance in South Yorkshire, and know better is needed this coming Saturday at home to Armthorpe Welfare.

Selby started brightly enough, Harry Clapham’s pace causing problems for the Hallam back line.

But goalless parity lasted only six minutes before Selby gave away the ball cheaply in defence and Liam Royles blasted the opener in at the back post.

Selby responded with Flynn McNaughton forcing the Hallam keeper into a sprawling save following a fine run while Clapham had a good run behind, only to run the ball out of play.

The Robins got their equaliser in the 29th minute from the penalty spot after Clapham was brought down. Liam Flanagan sent the goalkeeper the wrong way.

Hallam were back in front three minutes on. From a free kick, the concession of which earned Luke Sellers a yellow, Chris Salt nodded in.

Selby lost defender Danny Snaith to injury, and their woes worsened thanks to some naive defending. A Hallam free kick on Selby’s left saw the whole of the midfield and defence line up for a cross into the box. Instead the ball was slipped inside to Chris Wood who had acres of space to attack the box, and pick his spot.

Second-half trouble was soon on the cards as desperate tackles by Ryan Gothard and Connor Qualter earned bookings.

Town’s defence was struggling to cope with the Hallam attackers, and when they did, the Countrymen won the ball back immediately, and the next wave of attacks began. The Selby front three were standing, watching like lost soldiers, as the midfield, and defence were being overrun. Only desperate hacks came in their direction, and they were easily snuffed out by Hallam.

An ever-busier Aiden Smith in the Selby goal was seemingly inevitably beaten in the 53rd minute by Iren Wilson, firing in off the post, then two minutes later by Salt from a move similar to that for the third goal.

By this time Selby looked like they had lost all fight, and an unchallenged Kieran Watson had plenty of time to pick his spot from the left edge of the penalty area to rifle in a sixth.

More pain followed as Wilson waltzed into the box, almost unopposed, before slotting the ball past the much overworked Smith.

And there was still time for Steve Wooley, with too much time about 35 yards from goal, to ping a missile of a shot into a top corner.

Blake Drury picked up a late yellow for good measure.