Tadcaster Albion hunt for experienced goal machine

Tadcaster Albion striker Stu Rice celebrates scoring against Bridlington Town
Tadcaster Albion striker Stu Rice celebrates scoring against Bridlington Town

Tadcaster Albion manager Paul Marshall is eyeing an experienced striker to lead a promotion charge next season.

But first the gaffer wants his players to overcome fallen title-challengers Brighouse Town at home on Saturday and reach an impressive 80 points.

Albion thrashed Long Eaton United 3-0 last Saturday thanks to strikes from Josh Barrett, Chris Youlden and Stu Rice.

Marshall is enjoying Albion’s record NCEL Premier haul but admits limited striking options are the difference between his side and champions Scarborough Athletic.

“We have scored a few goals recently and obviously the movement is better,” he said.

“To win the league we need to score on average three goals a game and concede just one per game. You look at Scarborough and Brighouse and that’s what they do.”

Marshall dismissed any speculation linking former Albion hitman Carl Stewart to a club return.Stewart was released by Ossett Town earlier in April after posting inappropriate comments to an opponent on Twitter.

The boss added: “We need to bring a couple of experienced players in and a 25 goal a season striker.

“We are looking at players that have done it and have played in a higher league, Conference North or the Evo-Stik leagues.

“We need someone that wants a challenge to take us up and help our young lads.”

Athletic wrapped up promotion on Saturday and Marshall said he was pleased.

“They are too big a club for Northern Counties. It makes it a level playing field for winning the league,” he said.

Barrett scored first against Long Eaton before Youlden doubled the advantage.

Stu Rice added another late on as Albion maintained their grasp on fourth place.

Left-back Steve Jeff and midfielder George Bissett return to the squad for Brighouse’s visit after missing the United fixture.

Terry Taylor and Callum Ward are suspended for the season finale and goalkeeper Leon Wrigglesworth is away.

Marshall reiterated his side’s commitment to reach 80 points for a first time.

Even if Albion win, they could drop to sixth before the season end as Pickering Town and Retford United have games in hand.

“We are clinging on to fourth place by the skin of our teeth,” Marshall said.

“There’s still a bit to play for, 80 points would be a great season for our young team.

“Me and Jimmy (Reid) at Pickering have had a running rivalry throughout the year and it would be good to end that on top.”

“But if they win their two remaining games they will pip us on goal difference.”

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