TADCASTER Albion are hoping to turn their positive performances into good results in a bid to avoid "pointless play-offs" ahead of tomorrow's home game against Belper Town.

The Brewers sit fifth in the Evo-Stik League east division, just inside the play-off places, without a win and only one goal to their name in four games.

Meanwhile, an analysis of Step 4's play-off structure has revealed that, as it stands, Taddy could not earn promotion to the premier division. This is because only the table-toppers and five play-off winners with the highest points-per-game ratio (PPG) from the seven national Step 4 divisions will go up - and Taddy currently have the lowest PPG of the 28 teams in the play-off positions.

Club spokesman Jay Taylor, however, has stressed that the Brewers need not worry about their playing style, while the play-off revelations add no extra fervour to get back to winning ways.

He said: "I wouldn't have thought the manager and players have taken note of it at the minute - with three or four wins on the bounce we'll get out of the play-off 'relegation scrap' and hopefully after a few good wins we won't be worried about pointless play-offs.

"The recent performances have been very good. The Pickering game, we must have had 85 per cent possession, and Morpeth we were on top for the main. Mansfield, I don't think I've seen as one-sided a game in all my career.

"Cleethorpes was another very good performance and we could arguably have won, but it was a very good game, and we did score, which was a positive.

"Fingers crossed we can take another good performance into Saturday."

In the reverse fixture, at now ninth-placed Belper, Taddy came away with a 3-1 win thanks to goals from Billy Whitehouse, Paddy Miller and Joe Lumsden.

"It was a pretty convincing win," Taylor said. "More than the scoreline suggests. That was when we couldn't stop winning away from home in the middle of that winning run when we were full of confidence.

"We're still very confident - we always are - we're just not taking our chances and that gives the opposition the chance to get something from the game.

"The chances are coming still, we're playing well, defending well, so fingers crossed it can all click into place against a good Belper side."

Fellow east division side Pickering Town travel to Sheffield FC looking for their first win since New Year's Day. The 15th-placed Pikes - who were beaten 5-1 in the reverse fixture - lost 2-0 at home to Stocksbridge Park Steels last week.

Fifth-placed in the premier division, Scarborough Athletic host high-fliers Farsley Celtic.

In Northern Counties East League division one, Selby Town travel to Glasshoughton Welfare tomorrow looking to bounce back from Monday's West Riding County Cup defeat to Halifax Town. The 5-3 loss to the National League outfit was the Robins' eighth in 10 games.

Knaresborough Town - who have slipped to sixth in the premier division - host Garforth Town tomorrow while strugglers Harrogate Railway Athletic meet Barton Town at Station View.

Harrogate Town's game at Barnet has been postponed because of the latter's fourth-round FA Cup tie against Brentford.