Tadcaster Albion eye century in title quest

Calum Ward fired in Tad's matchwinner on Saturday pic by Ian Parker
Calum Ward fired in Tad's matchwinner on Saturday pic by Ian Parker

Assistant boss Mike Morton reckons Tadcaster Albion can push towards the century and collect a club record points haul this season.

Albion stretched their lead at the top of NCEL Premier to five points on Saturday after a hard-fought 2-1 win at Maltby Main.

Strikers Carl Stewart and Calum Ward were both on target as Tad racked up their fifth victory in six league matches.

Paul Marshall sit 72 points in top spot. And, with just 30 more points to play for, Marshall’s right-hand man Morton suggested Tad would seek at least seven wins from their remaining games.

“We have set 93 as our target, but while we say that, we are still taking each game one at a time,” Morton said.

“If we can get as close as we can to the 100 marker, that would be great. It would break any record that Tadcaster has ever achieved.

“To get to 90 points and not win the league, we know we would be ready for next year.”

Albion welcome ninth-placed Athersley Recreation on Saturday before a mid-week League Cup third-round trip to NCEL Division One side Eccleshill United on Wednesday.

A second-half Tony Hackworth penalty settled an Albion win when the Brewers headed to Recreation in October.

Morton expects an equally difficult encounter when the Barnsley-outfit arrive at 2inspire Park.

Albion have no injury concerns.

Morton said: “Athersley are another good, experienced team. They are really solid and like to compete.

“But with Calum, Carl and Danny Critchlow all looking good in front of goal, we will score goals.

“Calum has come in and given us a different dimension.

“People don’t realise his all round play. He takes pressure off us when we are under the cosh because he is so strong.”

The assistant boss also confirmed former Portuguese professional Daniel Pedras has been training with the club and could be involved when he reaches full fitness.

Pedras, 30, has represented eight professional Portuguese clubs including Fão, Vianense and Eléctrico.

However, he has played futsal at Associação Cultural e Desportiva (ACD) for the last three years.

Albion had two efforts contentiously chaulked off by the referee at Maltby but Ward’s second-half winner earned the three-points.

Albion captain Nick Thompson said: “It was a very gritty hard working performance in tough playing conditions.

“We took both goals really well especially Calum’s which was a brilliant finish.”