There’s only one famous Christmas beard, and sadly for Tadcaster Albion fans it no longer belongs to manager Paul Marshall.
As promised, the boss finally ditched his facial fuzz after Taddy’s incredible unbeaten streak came to an end on Saturday.
Marshall’s men were sent tumbling from the top of the NCEL Premier after losing for the first time in 25 matches against Albion Sports on Saturday.
Liam Ormsby’s 58th-minute winner handed third-placed Albion Sports a smash and grab win in front of a bumper 221-strong crowd at the 2inspire Stadium.
The 1-0 reverse gave Albion their first taste of defeat since losing to Brighouse Town on August 13 and ended their run two short of Scarborough Athletic’s league record set last year.
“Every good thing has to come to an end,” said Marshall.
“In a way it’s a relief because of the hype and pressure. It would have been nice to be top for Christmas but it’s now how we bounce back.”
Albion will host a friendly against Richmond Town this Saturday (kick-off 1pm) before their league action will resume at in-form Basford United on January 4.
Marshall’s men will head into that fixture second in the table, after Barton Town Old Boys leapt above them at the weekend.
“I would have liked to get back on the back straight away after losing a game,” the gaffer added.
“It’s a long break but it will give people time to reflect on how well they have done all year.”
Goalkeeper Leon Wrigglesworth was passed fit for Saturday’s clash, but it was woes at the other end that cost Albion a point.
Goal machine Carl Stewart missed a spate of half-chances as Albion failed to score for the first time since their goalless draw against Garforth Town in August.
Ormsby then smashed in an unstoppable shot from a corner before more missed chances cost Albion a point.
“We shouldn’t have lost the game, but equally, we didn’t do enough to beat them,” said Marshall.
“It was missed chances again. They got a goal, defended really well and, despite huffing and puffing, we couldn’t break them down.
“They were a well-organised team but they weren’t a better team than us.
“They just got the goal and did well.”
More than 200 supporters turned up to watch as Albion again set a highest attendance for the season.
And The Brewers’ chief paid testament to the clubs new owners and directors Matt and Jimmy Gore and Kent Mayall for raising the club’s profile.
“It was a disappointing day because it was a massive crowd,” added Marshall.
“It’s a shame we let everyone down.”