Tadcaster Albion 1 - 0 Lincoln United  -  4th March 2023

Tadcaster Albion 1 - 0 Lincoln United - 4th March 2023

By John Clothier
5 March
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The Brewers Extend Unbeaten Run to Three.

A second half header from Jack Johnson was enough for Tadcaster to pick up their second win in their last three games and third straight clean sheet.

Nathan Dyer's absence and Lewis Hey’s return to Guiseley forced Andy Monkhouse into changes. Johnson and Scott Smith returned to the starting eleven and there was a return to the bench for Essa N’Dow in his second spell with the club.

For the most part of the first half there was little between the two sides, the pitch aiding the lack of flow from both teams.

In the twelfth minute Tayo Alexander-Tucker’s cross-shot flicked off the crossbar with Josh Mazfari watching on, the first sighter of the afternoon.

Tadcaster’s first opening came on the half hour mark; Luke Sharry played a clever reverse ball in behind for Omar Sanyang who drove into the box but his cross was blocked.

Moments later, from the resulting corner, Theo Hudson delivered a low cross to Johnson and although he did not connect with the strike, the loose ball ran for Smith who went down under pressure. The referee, however, waved away penalty appeals.

With the hosts building a little bit of pressure, Dan Hartley had the first shot on target, a hooked overhead shot comfortably taken by Jack Steggles.

Alexander-Tucker again caused problems for Tad in the 34th minute when he cut inside from left and drove an effort toward goal, - Josh Mazfari watched the shot into his hands.

With ten minutes left before the break the game really came into life. Aj Adelekan hit a thunderous effort which Mazfari did brilliantly to get his hand to and push away.

In the 40th minute Adam Porritt chipped a ball to Sanyang who headed it over the keeper but as the forward bared down on goal, a last-ditch tackle from Pierce Hudson denied him. Ferreira kept the move alive whipping a cross in which was headed away.

In the final minute of the half Mazfari was at full stretch to tip over Jake Park’s header - a top class save to keep the score goalless.

Tadcaster came out brightly in the second half. Ferreira, in the first minute, cut inside from the left working room for a shot which bobbled in front of the keeper who managed to deal with the strike.

Two minutes later the ever-busy Sanyang managed to wriggle through creating a shooting opportunity with his left foot but he flashed the effort wide of the post.

The hosts good spell continued into the 58th minute; Porritt played an inch perfect diagonal ball out to Ferreira who once more cut inside and let fly but his shot on this occasion went wide of the target.

Sanyang pounced on hesitation in the Lincoln defence in the 67th minute; again the forward got beyond the keeper but a recovering defender denied him for the second time of the afternoon.

The Brewers broke the deadlock from the resulting corner. Again, worked short, Ferreira delivered for Johnson who headed superbly into the far corner to put Tad ahead.1 -0.

Ferreira again managed to cause problems for the visitors in the 82nd minute, the forward dribbling into the box before firing on target but Steggles impressively turned the effort wide.

In the 90th minute Lincoln came close to an equaliser. Mazfari looked to have been fouled gathering the ball but the game went on with the keeper down. Nevertheless, Tadcaster managed to divert the shot wide, surviving the late scare to claim the victory.

Another positive result for Monkhouse’s side who were good value for the three points but next on the agenda is a trip to table toppers Worksop town on Saturday 18th March, kick off 3pm.

Priory Vodka Man of the Match - Josh Mazfari

Attendance 153

Mazfari, Johnson, Hartley ©, Beaston, Wadsworth, Sharry (Bratkowski), Porritt, Smith, Ferreira, Sanyang, Hudson. Subs not used: Love, N’Dow.

Report from Olly Wood – Photos Courtesy Keith Handley

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