NCEL: Tadcaster Albion anticipate an ‘electric’ atmosphere for FA Cup crunch

Tadcaster Albion's Adam Baker (Photo: Caught Light Photography)
Tadcaster Albion's Adam Baker (Photo: Caught Light Photography)

Tadcaster Albion boss Billy Miller predicted an “electric atmosphere” in Saturday’s FA Cup tie with fellow high-flying outfit Colne.

Colne are the league leaders of the North West Counties League – the same level in the football hierarchy as Taddy – and attract a massive following like Miller’s men.

Both sides have hit the ground running at the start of the season and will be looking to set up a possible first qualifying round tie at Scarborough Athletic, should the Seadogs advance past Consett.

Miller said: “We have a phenomenal set of fans who turn up week in week out. You look at some of the figures and attendances across our first games.

“To have had over 1,000 people through the gate at this time of season is phenomenal for this level of football.

“They are well supported themselves. It should make an electric atmosphere and I’m sure it will be a great game.”

Miller felt the draw had given them one of the most challenging ties, with Colne racing ahead in their title bid.

But the boss was hopeful his side could mount a cup run to raise the profile of the club.

The boss added: “It’s everyone’s dream to go a few rounds.

“First and foremost it’s a nice distraction from the league, it’s exciting, and it gives players and fans something to talk about.

Andy Milne celebrates scoring against Brigg Town (Photo: Ian Parker)

Andy Milne celebrates scoring against Brigg Town (Photo: Ian Parker)

“You’re playing teams from outside your league most of the time so it’s somewhere new to go or see. Then there’s the financial side of it that is always a welcome bonus for the club.”

Albion moved into an outright lead in the NCEL Premier following Tuesday night’s comfortable 2-0 victory over Staveley Miners Welfare.

Andy Milne headed Tad ahead late in the first half before Adam Baker wrapped up the points in the 86th minute with a cool finish from Jimmy Beadle’s clever through ball.

Albion have now won four games in a row, a run started with the 3-1 victory at Hebburn Town in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup.

Miller’s side have got over their initial defensive blip at the start of the campaign and have passed 280 minutes since conceding in the 80th minute at Hebburn.

Milne, who also scored a header in Saturday’s 5-0 win over basement boys Brigg Town, credited a better understanding to the improved defensive displays.

The former Leeds United man said: “Gaz (goalkeeper Gary Stevens) has been immense goalkeeping, the two full backs have been top class and me and Heathy (Matt Heath) have started to forge that understanding as well.”