REPORT | Albion End Pre-Season On A High
By Jay Taylor
A Billy Whitehouse header ensured that Tadcaster Albion rounded off pre-season with an impressive victory over higher league North Ferriby United.
The only goal of the game came half way through the first half when Casey Stewart’s inch perfect cross allowed Billy Whitehouse to power home a header.
The win will no doubt instil greater confidence amongst the Brewers who now cast their attention to the opening game of the season at home against Carlton Town next Saturday.
It was the hosts who in fact started the brighter in the final friendly as former Scarborough Athletic defender Joe Lamplough headed off target after escaping his man on a corner kick.
Ferriby went even closer on five minutes as captain James Piercy saw his looping header canon off the top of the crossbar.
Taddy came out of the early Ferriby pressure unscathed and had a good chance to break the deadlock in their first venture forward on eight minutes. Casey Stewart has been like a new signing after arriving back from his trial with Harrogate Town as he gracefully glided past a trio of green shirts before playing a neat one-two with Aiden Savory but goalkeeper Lewis Exall stood tall.
The couple of early headers signalled promise for the Villagers but that’s as good as it got for the home side as the Brewers dominated possession with the utmost of confidence and coolness.
It was an increasingly impressive display from Tadcaster and they scored the only goal of the game on 22 minutes. Casey Stewart dangerously drove at the Ferriby back-line before deftly chipping a brilliant cross on to the head of Billy Whitehouse who powered into the bottom corner leaving Exall with no chance whatsoever.
Following on from the goal Albion just persisted on maintaining complete control on the contest as the back three of Jack Vann, Jason Mycoe and Ellis Barkworth quickly swept the ball back and forth with Mitch Langton and Pete Davidson offering a helping hand in midfield.
Eddie Rogerson had a rare attempt on goal for North Ferriby but his strike from 30 yards was never troubling the former Northern Ireland International in Michael Ingham.
Ingham’s opposite number Lewis Exall almost gave Taddy a helping hand to a second goal as his poor goal kick was put back in behind the defence by Pete Davidson allowing Billy Whitehouse to drive into the penalty area but the Ferriby stopper made amends.
Taddy continued where they left off at the start of the second half with Jack Vann going close with a back-post header. Seven minutes in and the Brewers were awarded a penalty kick as Joe Lamplough was the guilty party barging Billy Whitehouse to the ground after Hardy's cross caused problems.
Billy Whitehouse stepped up after scoring two spot kicks already in pre-season but he couldn’t make it three out of three as his low side-footed effort was pushed clear by Lewis Exall.
North Ferriby finally started to turn the screw somewhat after making a whole host of substitutions injecting some much needed urgency into their play. Luke Lofts and Josh Walker in particularly looked lively for the home side when coming on and the latter was found by a brilliant Alex Knox ball but as the forward pulled the trigger Jack Vann stormed across to superbly block the shot.
This was their only opportunity to draw level though as the final twenty minutes dwindled down without a noteworthy moment. Taddy look good ahead of next week’s season opener with goalkeeper Michael Ingham unbeaten in pre-season.
Full-Time: North Ferriby United 0-1 Tadcaster Albion
North Ferriby: Exall, Norton, Lamplough, Forrester, Clappison, Piercy©, A Bannister, Rogerson, J Nichols, Knox, K Bannister
Subs: Smith, Saltmer, Mail, Lofts, Walker, D Nichols, Leyland, Dunkerley
Tadcaster: Ingham©, Hardy, Walters, Mycoe, Vann, Barkworth, Whitehouse, Langton, Savory, Davidson, Stewart
Subs (all used): Roper, Lumsden, Coates, Baker