Hudson’s first half strike was enough to help Tad pick up the three points following a resolute, tireless performance at the So-Trak Stadium.
Andy Monkhouse named two changes to his side with the return of James Beaston and a second debut for Adam Porritt who has re-joined the club.
Josh Mazfari was called into action after just six minutes. The Taddy keeper pushed away Callum Learmouth’s half volley but the resulting corner whipped right across the face of goal as the visitors looked to set the tone.
Tadcaster’s first venture forward saw them take the lead; Mazfari’ s kick was collected by Omar Sanyang, causing all manner of problems, before finding Hudson who let fly with his left foot into the far corner. 1 – 0.
The visitors retaliated after falling behind; a flurry of half chances came and went, before another dangerous delivery flashed across the face of goal - the closest they came.
After 25 minutes the hosts had the chance to double their advantage; a brilliantly timed run by Lewis Hey in behind, followed an equally superb pass by Sanyang and set the midfielder away baring down on goal - his shot, however, was deflected taking all the power away from the attempt.
Mazfari was twice on hand to save, firstly from Christopher McDonald in the 34th minute, parrying to safety before bravely coming out to block an effort at the far post.
The Brewers had one more chance late on in the first half; Hudson danced his way into the box, his pull back found Des Amponsah who stabbed his shot wide of the upright.
Monkhouse’s side survived an early scare in the second forty five - Mazfari was grateful to see a free header at the back post land in his arms.
In the 56th minute Hudson was again the orchestrator of another Tad attack with some great feet in the middle of the park which worked space for his defence splitting pass for Noah Wandsworth. The full back delivered but his cross nicked off a defender and the keeper dived on the ball.
Less than 60 seconds later debutant Porritt came close for the hosts. The midfielder managed to get in behind and plucked the ball out of the sky before attempting to lob Aaron Stevens. However, the effort just didn’t have enough on it as the keeper caught under his crossbar.
Hudson worked a shooting opportunity in the 63rd minute; the winger cut in from the right and aimed for the near post - on this occasion the strike rippled the side netting.
Almost immediately North Shields squandered a big chance . A fortuitous bounce put Daniel Wilson in on goal, Mazfari was out quickly and effectively but the ball then broke for Cameron Cunningham who blazed his effort over with the whole goal to aim at.
Down the other end, Tadcaster came close twice more; Amponsah’s cross / shot just bounced wide after the winger got in behind from a clever Hey through ball. Then with 12 minutes on the clock, Hudson again showed brilliant skill managing to beat three Shields players but as Hey took over, the midfielder was hindered by a bobble shot off target.
In the 83rd and 84th minutes, Mazfari twice came to the hosts aid initially coming out effectively to smother before staying big at his near post to deny Larmouth.
Tadcaster finished the stronger of the two sides with another two chances in the final minutes of normal time. Amponsah came so close to sealing the three points - the winger was too quick for the defence but the ball caught under his feet at the crucial moment. It then fell for Sanyang who saw his follow up blocked.
The final chance fell Sanyang’s way again, the winger did well to get over the ball but via a deflection, the effort went wide of the target.
A second win of the campaign for Tadcaster this season and just a third clean sheet in a well fought performance against fellow strugglers North Shields.
The Brewers return to action next Wednesday with another North East side in Consett visiting the So-Trak Stadium.
Mazfari, Dyer, Beaston, Hartley ©, Wadsworth, Sharry (Smith), Porritt, Hey, Hudson, Sanyang, Amponsah. Subs not used: Love, Hines, Bratkowski.
Report from Olly Wood – Photos Courtesy of Keith Handley