TADCASTER Albion would not mind scraping a win tomorrow as they look for a fillip against "ruthless" play-off rivals Pontefract Collieries.

The Brewers head into Saturday's Evo-Stik League east division home clash off the back of five consecutive wins, though they have bemoaned an apparent inability to put teams to bed.

This is not a complaint that could be levelled against second-placed Pontefract, who are division's joint-top scorers. They have netting 34 times in their last 12 games and could be at least two better off, had Tuesday night's game against Pickering Town not been abandoned due to floodlight failure with the Colls 2-0 up.

But the goalscoring disparity does not bother Taddy, who would simply be happy with the three points with tough games against Stamford and Ossett United on the horizon.

Club spokesman Jay Taylor said: "We're looking forward to it.

"We're wary of Pontefract's threat. We know exactly how they play. They have a certain agricultural style.

"They're incredibly ruthless and relentless in approach and launch a lot of balls into the box.

"If we come out with a 1-0 or 2-0 victory, it doesn't matter to us.

"We're confident, even more so after a five-game winning run and three clean sheets.

"We'll have to be at our very best to keep a clean sheet against the joint-high scorers.

"At the other end, they leak more goals than us and we've got to make them pay for any chances they concede."

Taddy's blank Saturday last weekend proved important for both team and pitch. The former has had time to recover from a couple of niggles sustained in the 3-0 win over Spalding United a fortnight ago while Taylor says the i2i Stadium turf "is looking unbelievable" thanks to groundsman Dave Wakefield's work following the flood damage.

This will be Taddy's last home game for three weeks. On Tuesday, the Brewers face their longest journey of the season, a 210-mile round trip to 11th-placed Stamford, before visiting Ossett the following weekend. The West Yorkshire team currently occupy the final play-off spot.

"It's a huge week for us," admitted Taylor. "Stamford on Tuesday is going to be tough after a full day at work.

"A long journey is never easy but hopefully we've got enough to come away with a win.

"Then Ossett away is going to be an absolute dogfight.

"It makes Saturday even more important.

"It's all about mentality at this stage of the season, whether the lads can find enough to get over the line."

James Hodges will come in for Michael Ingham, who is away with work commitments. Aiden Savory, Will Annan and Luke Porritt should recover from knocks.

Pickering continue their fight for east division survival at Belper Town tomorrow.

In the premier division, Scarborough Athletic are looking for their first win under new boss Steve Roberts, who takes charge of his first home game tomorrow. The Seadogs face Lancaster City.

In Northern Counties East League division one, Selby Town travel to Nostell Miners Welfare. The Robins' game at Rossington Main on Tuesday was, like Pickering's at Pontefract, abandoned because of floodlight failure.

In the premier division, Knaresborough Town travel to Bottesford Town and Harrogate Railway Athletic host basement side Goole in a bottom-of-the-table clash.

Harrogate Town welcome Maidstone United to the CNG Stadium in the National League.