REPORT | Taddy Back In The Play-Offs As They Continue To Enjoy Life On The Road
By Jay Taylor
Tadcaster Albion extended their unbeaten league run to six and jumped back into the play-offs after a convincing 3-1 victory at Belper Town.
First-half goals from Billy Whitehouse and Paddy Miller put the Brewers in the driving seat before top scorer Joe Lumsden added a third late on. Piteu Crouz pulled one back but it was merely a consolation for the Nailers who ended the contest with ten men.
The result was Taddy’s fifth win on the road this season as they jump back up into the play-off places.
Simon Collins made just one change to the side that played their last league fixture as Aiden Savory replaced Casey Stewart, who had started every match prior.
As the dark clouds moved in and the heavens opened, both sides paid their respects for Remembrance Day and those affected by the Leicester City tragedy.
Taddy started much the brighter of the two teams and went close in the opening five minutes when Pete Davidson burst forward before firing wide of the mark.
Albion were looking confident and assured in all areas of the pitch, not getting embroiled into Belper’s antics with the referee. A looping header from Joe Lumsden was well tipped over by Town keeper Leigh Overton before the deadlock was broken on 20 minutes.
Paddy Miller’s high free-kick was nodded down by centre-back partner Harry Coates allowing for Billy Whitehouse to sweep home his seventh goal of the season from close range.
Belper rarely threatened in the final third and that was down to the tremendous teamwork from every single Tad player. All of the chances were falling the way of Collins’ side as Jake Rose smashed narrowly over before neither Howarth nor Lumsden could head on target after escaping their markers on a corner.
The Brewers in blue were looking menacing in every attack as another looping header from Lumsden went close, this time landing on the roof of the net after Jack Walters crossed on the volley.
Albion number one Michael Ingham had little to do in the first 45 but when he was called upon he never looked troubled. The Northern Irishman tipped over a free-kick to be on the safe side as well as confidently claiming a couple of crosses.
With the half reaching it’s latter stages, referee Gareth Thomas pointed to the penalty spot after Billy Whitehouse went to ground. With Joe Lumsden ready and waiting with the ball on the spot, the man in the middle went over to his assistant and after a brief discussion, the decision was overturned to a free-kick right on the edge of the box.
Positioned on the right-hand side of the area, Paddy Miller stepped up and superbly bent into the far corner leaving the rooted Overton with no chance whatsoever.
Taddy were well in the mood and it almost got even better when Lumsden latched onto Walters’ ball over the top but Overton got a crucial touch to stifle the striker this time round.
With the hosts needing a spark from somewhere, Manager Grant Black certainly acted as he made a triple substitution at half-time introducing Paylor, Hancock and Sturgess.
The travelling Taddy fans, who were in fine voice all afternoon, were pleased with what they were watching as the second half continued in the same vein. Pete Davidson glided to the by-line and cut back into the danger zone only for it to evade several blue shirts.
Jake Rose was putting in an outstanding display in the centre of midfield breaking up play with sheer tenacity time and time again. Rose, along with Miller and Ingham, continued to spur each other on with constant instructions and encouragement.
Belper did start to rally together in the second half as Crouz delivered into substitute Kai Hancock who could only guide straight at Ingham.
Back up the other end and it was clear to see there was more goals there for the Brewers and Paddy Miller almost bettered his first half strike with another free-kick however Leigh Overton did well to save this time.
It wasn’t to be the Nailers’ day as a tantalisingly teasing cross bounced up kindly for Derry Robson but his instinctive effort was again straight at the Taddy keeper.
Further evidence that it wasn’t going to be Belper’s day arrived soon after when hesitation between Ingham and Ellis Barkworth allowed the loose ball to be turned goalwards by Hancock but off the post it went and Coates hacked off the line.
The encounter opened up more and more as the minutes passed by, Joe Lumsden running clean through on goal with 20 left on the clock but Overton did very well again to storm off his line and smother.
As Belper squandered another good opportunity from a corner, Taddy broke in behind once again setting up a 3v1 scenario but Lumsden couldn’t beat last man Isaac Assenso.
It felt as though Tadcaster needed a third goal to make absolute sure and that’s what they got eleven minutes from time. Pete Davidson again doing exceptionally well to get the by-line before pulling back to Joe Lumsden who was never going to miss from six yards.
The home side did respond immediately though, Savory conceding a penalty kick and former Brewer Piteu Crouz dispatching.
With the points well and truly wrapped up, Belper ended the afternoon with ten men as Jake Sturgess, who was one of the three to be introduced at the break, was shown his second yellow after an altercation with Ingham.
In the end the scoreline could have looked even more handsome for Taddy if Davidson and Savory could have kept their cool after surging in on goal.
Full-Time: Belper Town 1-3 Tadcaster Albion
Belper: Overton, Lucas, Clark, Gordon, Peterson©️, Assenso, Nelthorpe, Robson, Curtis, Milner, Crouz
Subs on at HT: Hancock, Sturgess (OFF 88), Paylor
Unused: Esmaiely, Hough
Tadcaster: Ingham©️, Barkworth (Barrett 88), Walters, Rose (Roper 84), Coates, Miller, Whitehouse (Stewart 76), Davidson, Lumsden, Howarth, Savory
Unused: Hardy, Mycoe