As another season reaches its conclusion, Taddy haven’t given up on play-offs just yet as it still remains mathematically possible of finishing in the top five, but nothing but a win will do on Saturday.
Last week’s victory at Frickley was their first in four and should only galvanise the Brewers for the end of season run in. They are the only side currently outside of the play-offs who can spoil the party, but they need to win their remaining three games and hope that there’s a slip-up from a side above them.
Tadcaster are six points behind Sheffield FC in 5th place which yes does sound bleak, but the World’s Oldest Club travel to 2nd place Pontefract Collieries this afternoon as well as Belper and Brighouse on Monday and Saturday so you just never know.
Switching focus back to the i2i Stadium, despite their league position, the visitors Gresley will be no pushovers, as Albion found out in September. Two penalties helped Gresley to a 2-1 victory over TAFC at the beginning of the season with Chris Howarth’s late volley merely a consolation.
However, they are now in a dogfight at the wrong end of the table sat rooted to the bottom of the Evo-Stik East so they will no doubt be desperate to cause an upset to help boost their survival bid.
Nevertheless their current run doesn’t bode well for the Derbyshire outfit having lost five on the bounce and have only recorded seven league victories all season, just one of those coming since the start of October.
The Brewers can’t afford to let complacency slip in though and have to go about their business in a professional manner to keep their season going the right way.
Team News: Ellis Barkworth ruled out for the season after sustaining an ankle injury at Frickley. Chris Howarth (dead leg) likely to shake off knock. Joe Lumsden suspended for the final three fixtures. Jason Mycoe is away. Roper not quite ready to return.
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