It was mainly a fantastic weekend for our Yorkshire sides with Harrogate Town, Harrogate Railway and Tadcaster Albion all winning.
Let’s start with the featured match this week the match I attended which was Glasshoughton Welfare v Tadcaster Albion.
On a pitch that passed an early morning inspection it clearly showed as it was incredibly difficult to play football on being bobbly all over, it was a day to get the ball into good areas and get it in the back of the net even if it’s in an ugly fashion.
However with all that being said top of the table Tadcaster Albion dug their heels in and put on a professional performance at second bottom strugglers Glasshoughton Welfare.
The Brewers were truly in control of the match at all times rarely being threatened by Glasshoughton who didn’t look to have many ideas going forward. Carl Stewart saw his penalty kick well saved on the half hour mark after Josh Barrett received the slightest of nudges however two minutes from the break Tad did in fact take the lead. Last week’s FA Vase hero Callum Ward got the opener in freezing Castleford as he saw his first shot blocked he didn’t need a second invitation smashing the ball into the bottom left corner.
After Glasshoughton’s skipper was shown a straight red card for a hideous challenge on Josh Barrett on 68 minutes the result was inevitable and Albion substitute David Brown made absolutely sure of this turning the ball home from close range nine minutes from time.
With other title chasers not in action today it meant that Tadcaster Albion extended their lead at the top of the NCEL Premier Division by eight points.
Moving up into the Evo-Stik First Division North Harrogate Railway showed the non-league world that they aren’t just a one man team winning 2-1 away at fellow place-off chasers Bamber Bridge. The Rail steam into 4th place in the league which is an incredible achievement, coincidentally just one place behind Nathan Cartman’s new side Darlington 1883 (albeit having played plenty of games more). Midfield maestro Fatlum Ibrahimi opened the scoring after he struck a rebound from his free-kick into the bottom corner.
The home side bit back shortly after however with Alistair Waddecar equalising on 27 minutes with a neat looped finish.
The Rail chugged and chugged and scored what proved to be the winner in the 33rd minute. With Cartman having left Stephen Bromley stepped up and filled the shoes to partner Malachi Farquharsson up front and it was of course Bromley that got the winner, Cartman who I bet Rail fans are murmuring. Former Leeds United defender Matt Heath flicked on from a corner and Bromley was on hand to turn it into the back of the net.
Another superb win for Billy Miller’s men as they quietly keep going about their business.
Elsewhere in that division Farsley AFC’s match against Scarborough Athletic was postponed due to a frozen pitch.
Moving up into the Vanarama Conference North and Guiseley missed a chance to extend the gap on their fellow play-off chasers by losing 5-1 away at Boston United who clearly bounced back with a bang from last week’s loss at Harrogate Town. Gavin Rothery scoring a late consolation for Guiseley in what must be a slight blow to their morale against promotion rivals.
Finally Harrogate Town quietened the ‘Weaver Out’ brigade for a second week in a row with back to back victories. A well taken goal right on half-time at bogey side Solihull Moors from Andy Gasgoigne sealed the three points which sees Town move up to 14th.
Report Jay Taylor