Tadcaster Albion4 Curzon Ashton 1
By John Clothier
New Teams Best Performance So Far
On the warmest day of the summer Taddy welcomed National North outfit, Curzon Ashton for their fifth pre-season outing. The hosts were almost at full strength except for injured Ioan Evans and Michael Ingham. Stand in keeper Michael Clancy was drafted in with Arron Burn not available whilst Jonathan Margetts made his first appearance leading the Tad attack.
The “Nash” looked well marshalled right from the start and it was no surprise when an unusually sluggish Tadcaster conceded in the 7th minute; in a text book move Evans put Lynch away down the left and his pin point cross was met by the incoming Jack Bannister at the far post for a simple tap in. 0 -1.
It served as a wake-up call for the hosts and Tadcaster were level on 12 minutes. There had been a little friction between Margetts and Ali which resulted in a corner being awarded to the home side. Casey Stewart curled a prefect ball to the near post as Owen Marshall stole in to head it into the corner of the net giving keeper Mason no chance whatsoever.
Iwan Healey’s chip found Margetts’ through for a one on one but Mason was equal to it, whilst at the other end Bannister was just whisker away from another penetrating cross. After good work from Casey Stewart, Captain Andy Milne ‘s effort from close range was cleared. Kain Rogerson was calmness personified as he denied the visitors in the six-yard box with some excellent footwork
Curzon were still a force but a far more resolute Tadcaster were looking comfortable at the back and when they did break, a goal seemed inevitable. The Brewers doubled their lead on 41 minutes when Alex Wiles threaded the ball through to Margetts who coolly put it into the nearside corner of the net. 2 – 1
2 – 1 at the interval was a fair summing up of a first half where Taddy started slowly but ended on a high note.
As play resumed Margetts was unlucky not to double his tally as he miss hit as terrific pass from Stewart. From the ensuing corner Milne was so close. Lebrun Mbeka and Margetts played a delightful one- two but the big mid fielder chose to pass when a shot was on.
Josh Barrett rose highest to meet Stewarts corner but was wide of the mark before The Brewers extended their lead; Donald Chimalilo put in a fantastic run down the left before dinking the ball to Margetts who thumped goal number three from close range on 63 minutes. 3 - 1
Curtis Woodhouse started to make use of all his substitutes which would see Jake Rose, Jake Day, Nathan Keightley and Brad Riley on for Healey, Margetts, Chimalilo and Stewart. Henry Rollinson then took over from Wiles and Jason Mycoe for Mbeka
There was a renewed vitality from Tadcaster who started to dominate proceedings and as their superiority increased they were able to change formation several times to make life more difficult for Curzon. Jake Day found Nathan Keightley with just Mason to beat but the keeper saved bravely from point blank
With the final whistle in sight, Wroe went a little high and wide for the Nash, whilst it felt as if Taddy still had fuel in the tank and it might have arrived when Day went for a high one and one with Mason but the keeper bravely cleared. The big striker was again foiled with an audacious 25 yarder but nevertheless would not be denied; in the penultimate minute of the match, he rounded a defender before despatching the ball beyond Mason (Five goals in five games!)
It was a spirited performance against opposition from two leagues above. Movement on and off the ball was paramount and the tackling ferocious; everyone played their part.
Tadcaster play Thackley away this coming Saturday before entertaining Sheffield FC next Tuesday at the i2i Stadium KO 7.30
Clancy, Rogerson, Milne, Marshall, Barrett, Healey (Rose), Wiles ( Rollinson), Mbeke (Mycoe), Stewart (Keightley), Chimalilo (Riley), Margetts (Day)
Report from John Clothier Photos courtesy of Curzon Ashton with Tadcaster Albion’s thanks.