REPORT | Taddy Hit Six Past Main
Goals and rain have both been missing in recent weeks but it was raining goals against Rossington Main as the Brewers came away comfortable 6-0 winners in a pre-season friendly.
Tadcaster grabbed control of the contest from the very first whistle dominating possession and it wasn’t long before the goals followed.
Three goals in six minutes put Albion firmly in the driving seat as it soon became a case of ‘how many?’ Joe Lumsden finally got his first goal in the yellow of Taddy before Mitch Langton thumped in from distance and trialist Lamin Colley also netted his first for the club.
The Brewers went in to the break five goals to the good after Langton converted another beauty from outside the box before Lumsden also sealed his brace. As the inevitable changes occurred, the second half wasn’t quite as fluid as the first although a late Aaron Hardy penalty rounded off a decent afternoon’s work.
Taddy welcomed Aaron Hardy back into the squad for the first time this pre-season after the birth of his baby boy. Another player to return was exciting youngster Casey Stewart who has been on trial with National League North side Harrogate Town in recent weeks but a return to Ings Lane looks likely. Trialist Lamin Colley was given his first start after an eye-catching display off the bench in the recent win over Farsley Celtic.
Whilst on the topic of the Farsley victory, match winner Ellis Barkworth had Albion’s first chance in the friendly at Rossington Main with the full-back unable to round the goalkeeper after being sent through.
Goals have been somewhat of a worry in pre-season for Taddy but it didn’t take them long to quash them murmurs scoring three times in a whirlwind six minute spell. Joe Lumsden’s wait for his first goal was finally over after 13 minutes when a superb piece of wing-play from Billy Whitehouse allowed for a simple tap-in. As a matter of fact, the deadlock was almost broken seconds before as Lamin Colley curled a lovely left-footed effort off the face of the crossbar.
The Brewers were looking incredibly dangerous on the front foot and less than two minutes had passed before they were further ahead. A loose ball was pounced upon by midfielder Mitch Langton who rolled the ball over his studs and smashed a screaming strike into the back of the net from 23 yards out.
Assistant Manager Simon Collins continued to urge more from his side and the high-intensity start wasn’t showing any signs of letting up as it was 3-0 after 19 minutes. The Main goalkeeper rushed off his line to deny Lumsden another chance on goal, he did that however his scuffed clearance only reached Lamin Colley who kept his composure and curled into the empty net from 25 yards.
The first half was pretty much attack vs defence as Chris Howarth headed narrowly wide before Lumsden almost had his second of the afternoon. A back pass incredibly short on legs sent the striker clean through who tried to poke round the advancing goalkeeper only for him to handle outside the penalty area.
Clearly confident after his earlier strike, Mitch Langton struck gold once again on the half hour mark curling over the goalkeeper and into the roof of the net from the edge of the penalty area. As the much needed rain started to fall in Doncaster, so did the goals as Taddy scored their fifth goal just a minute later. Billy Whitehouse’s effort took two ricochets, the latter being off the sensitive spot on the male anatomy, and with the goalkeeper wrong-footed it was another easy finish for Joe Lumsden.
With Lumsden and Langton already sealing first-half braces, it was almost a hat-trick of braces if such a thing as Lamin Colley showcased his terrific pace and power to burst in behind the Main defence but the menacing forward failed to lift over the onrushing keeper who did well.
The second half was a much more quiet affair as the multiple changes disrupted the rhythm displayed in the first forty five. Albion continued to dominate for the large part but it was actually the NCEL outfit that had the first noteworthy efforts. Apologies for the mystery but teamsheets aren’t always available in pre-season but it was number 4 off the bench who had the first attempt firing narrowly wide. Michael Ingham was a spectator for most of the contest however the Northern Irishman who is yet to be beaten in pre-season had to be careful handling a dipping half volley.
Tadcaster did manage to add to their tally with ten minutes left on the watch though as substitute Jack Walters was felled in the box after a slick passing move. Another substitute in Aaron Hardy stepped up and coolly side-footed the penalty into the top corner. Shades of Kendal away.
Full-Time: Rossington Main 0-6 Tadcaster Albion
Tadcaster: Ingham©, Barkworth, Howarth, Miller, Coates, Mycoe, Roper, Langton, Whitehouse, Lumsden, Colley
Subs (all used): Walters, Savory, Vann, Stewart, Baker, Hardy