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Long Eaton 1 Tadcaster Albion 0.   11.02.2023     -      Attendance 216

Long Eaton 1 Tadcaster Albion 0. 11.02.2023 - Attendance 216

John Clothier12 Feb 2023 - 15:45
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Andy Monkhouse’s side Narrowly Defeated by Mid table Long Eaton United.

The hosts were on the front foot from the off - after just two minutes Tom Marshall fired off target, an early warning sign for Tad.

Tadcaster were having to defend again in the fifth minute; white shirts got in the way of an initial shot before the ball broke for Jamie Walker who could not keep the effort down.

The hosts struck the woodwork in the ninth minute, Marshall again taking aim from range but his shot clipped the outside of the post on its way through. Des Amponsah’s corner found Nathan Dyer but the shot was cleared.

Tad grew into the game with two forays down the right flank; Nathan Dyer produced two accurate crosses - the first ended with Omar Sanyang attempting a bicycle kick to no avail, the second was claimed by the keeper.

In the 16th minute Scott Smith found room for a shot on the edge of the box, his deflected curling strike was saved and held at the second attempt by Sam Wilson.

The hosts hit the post for the second time in the 26th minute, Alex Marshall managed to get free at the far side of the box but his header came back off the upright and was cleared.

The final action of the first half saw the Brewers win a free kick in a dangerous position, centrally, 25 yards out. Lewis Hey stepped up and almost found the top corner but for a vital hand from Wilson to direct the shot over.

The sides went into the break level; having rode their luck somewhat, Tadcaster we still very much in the game.

The visitors came out brightly in the second 45. Sanyang drove forward and played a one-two with Rafael Ferreira, the former then wriggled through and into a shooting position before letting fly but his effort was blocked by a Long Eaton defender.

Five minutes after having their best chance Tadcaster went behind. A deflected strike from Walker somehow managed to roll into the far corner to give the hosts the lead 1-0.

It was almost a quick fire double for the hosts.. A little over five minutes later Alex Marshall slid a shot wide from inside the six-yard box.

Amponsah, under pressure, dribbled his way into the six yard area on 74 minutes to no avail, but there was little in the way of goal mouth action from the hour mark onwards with the hosts content with their slender advantage.

Andy Monkhouse introduced Jordan Hines and Mateusz Bratkowski in an attempt to add more attacking threat but Long Eaton held out for the three points.

Next up for Tadcaster is another away trip with Shildon the hosts next Saturday, kick off 3pm.

Mazfari, Dyer, Johnson, Hartley (c), Wadsworth, Sharry, Smith, Sanyang, Amponsah, Ferreira (Bratkowski), Hey (Hines)

Subs not used: Love, Hudson, Beaston.

Report from Olly Wood, Pictures Courtesy of John Clothier

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