REPORT | Savory Double Helps Taddy Win Again
By Jay Taylor
Tadcaster Albion recorded their fifth straight victory in the Evo-Stik East League after second half strikes from Aiden Savory and Joe Lumsden saw off strugglers Spalding United.
Aiden Savory eventually broke the deadlock for the dominant Brewers on 59 minutes before quickly firing home a second to add daylight between the two sides. Top scorer Joe Lumsden made sure he was on the scoresheet once again tapping home with a minute to play.
After the most recent victory over Wisbech, Simon Collins was forced to make a change as the injured Corey Roper was replaced by Jason Mycoe who was coming in for his first league start since October. Collins had to make another change after the warm-ups as Luke Porritt pulled up which handed a second Taddy debut to new signing Will Annan.
Conditions were abysmal and downright miserable with strong winds and swirling heavy rain making for a difficult contest for both sides. The first ten minutes was definitely a bedding in period with countless balls being over-hit and slung out of play. Taddy took to the challenge quicker though and the first sighting at goal fell to Joe Lumsden when Aiden Savory flicked in behind setting his strike partner away but his audacious attempt wasn’t executed.
Albion were swiftly getting into their groove as Casey Stewart arrowed in a brilliant ball after quarter of an hour but Lumsden couldn’t quite adjust his body enough to divert on target. Wave after wave of Tadcaster attacks were being forced upon the Tulips who were desperate for the points at the opposite end of the division. Colossal centre-back Harry Coates stormed out from the back before Will Annan threaded a lovely ball through to Casey Stewart who’s cross was gathered by Michael Duggan with yellow shirts queuing up.
The first clear-cut opening of the contest fell to the aforementioned Coates but he could only shoulder over the bar after Stewart superbly crossed in. The Brewers continued to dominate proceedings in the woeful weather and it seemed like only a matter of time until they took the lead. First Joe Lumsden was denied by Duggan, then Pete Davidson saw two shots blocked by the same man before it ran out for Aiden Savory who side-footed just the wrong side of the post.
Moments later and Spalding had their backs against the walls once more as a sumptuous first-time flick from Lumsden found its way to Will Annan who’s low fizzing effort was well kept out by Duggan. Aiden Savory had another opportunity from the resulting corner as his close range blast was blocked in the goal mouth. The match really was as one-sided as it sounded as Spalding’s first shot saw Isaac Cooper fire wildly over the Loxley Homes Stand from distance.
Tulips stopper Michael Duggan was keeping his side in it for the time being as he made an outstanding save on 38 minutes. Jason Mycoe’s deep cross was headed back across goal by Annan before Joe Lumsden’s volley took a wicked deflection seeing the ball spiral towards the top corner only for Duggan to superbly claw out. As half-time approached, a miscued clearance from Neal Spafford allowed Aiden Savory to race in on goal but he dragged his left-footed shot wide of the mark.
The visitors from Lincolnshire will have been very happy to have been still all square at the break but Taddy just continued where they left off and if anything kicked into a higher gear. Casey Stewart was looking dangerous on the ball as always as he cleverly jinked inside James Hugo and let fly only for the strike to deflect wide. Just as frustration began to grow around Ings Lane, the breakthrough finally arrived. A one-two between Will Annan and Joe Lumsden broke down but the danger was by no means averted as Aiden Savory powered past two blue shirts before firing into the back of the net from 12 yards.
If the result was in any doubt, it wasn’t anymore as the goal only added greater confident for Albion as Will Annan went close again to reopening his account for the club. Annan retrieved a Lumsden pull-back before beating his man and striking firmly with his left-foot but Duggan got his angles spot on again to push clear.
However Duggan was beaten for a second time just four minutes after the deadlock was broken. Harry Coates did brilliantly to acrobatically keep a free-kick alive before Aiden Savory expertly rolled his marker and volleyed in his 10th goal of the season. Taddy were playing some scintillating football and it was a case of ‘how many’ at this stage as poked agonisingly wide after a gorgeous piece of interplay with Joe Lumsden.
As the contest reached its conclusion, substitute Jake Buckle came incredibly close to his first Tadcaster goal before the result was rounded off with a third goal. Casey Stewart, Pete Davidson and Aiden Savory worked a short corner effectively teeing up Harry Coates on the edge of the box, his effort was parried straight into the path of Joe Lumsden who smashed home his 22nd goal of the season. Five straight wins, three straight clean sheets, Taddy are coming into form at the most important time of the season.
Full-Time: Tadcaster Albion 3-0 Spalding United
Tadcaster: Ingham©, Barkworth, Howarth, Mycoe (Rose 77), Coates, Miller, Stewart, Davidson, Lumsden, Savory, Annan (Buckle 74)
Unused: Hodges, Hardy
Spalding: Duggan, Moyses, Marshall, Cooper, Spafford, Hare, Acar, Everington, Wells, Mettam©, Hugo
Subs: White, Fixter, Hart, Brownell, Floyd