No doubt that the story of the weekend has to be that Tadcaster Albion have reached the last 8 of the FA Vase, I think that speaks for itself to be honest however it has to be said that this achievement is absolutely remarkable AND their journey isn’t over yet, the road to Wembley continues…..
The Brewers found themselves two up at half-time away at Rudy Funk’s AFC Mansfield with goals from the two Josh’s, Barrett and Greening. Barrett finished well in the 17th minute and Greening simply couldn’t miss as Ward broke the offside trap and squared to Greening who had an empty net to roll the ball into. It appeared it was all going in Taddy’s favour……well it was as AFC Mansfield were reduced to 10 men also in the first half after a retaliation on Callum Ward.
Mansfield manager Rudy Funk certainly wouldn’t have been feeling the Uptown Funk as he then himself was sent off after going ballistic at the referee for the red card.
300+ Tadcaster fans made the journey down which is absolutely incredible, little old Taddy are not little anymore, they are becoming bigger and bigger.
The TSC didn’t stop cheering their team on and they were rewarded with a third goal this time courtesy of George Bissett who returned from injury. Bissett started the move down the right with a powerful pacey run then playing a one-two with Barrett and he calmly rolled it home to seal the victory.
Despite a bad looking injury to Vincent Dhesi and a late red card to left-back Paddy Miller the result was the main headline and that Tadcaster had reached the Quarter-Finals of the FA Vase and were only two games from playing at Wembley Stadium.
I bet they are praying not to get St. Austell away in the draw which is Monday, just in case you weren’t sure, they reside in…..Cornwall.
From Wembley Stadium to Valley Parade, Tadcaster welcome Conference North strugglers Bradford Park Avenue to the i2i Stadium on Tuesday night in the semi-final of the West Riding County Cup. The winners of what is sure to be a corking cup-tie will meet Garforth Town at Valley Parade who defeated Harrogate Town last week.
Can Albion make it NCEL Premier Division 2-0 Vanarama Conference North.
I shall be attending this match and keeping you all up to date via Twitter (@jaytaylormedia1), much to the annoyance of my poor hands.
Into the Vanarama Conference North and Harrogate Town’s revitalised winning run came to an end at home to Leamington on Saturday in a 1-1 share of the spoils.
Young Town midfielder Jack Emmett was awarded Man of the Match by the CNG faithful and it was his jinky run which drew in the foul for the first goal. Andy Gascoigne stepped up and bent the free-kick into the far corner to net his third goal in three games since joining from Goole.
(c) Peter Arnett (Harrogate Town AFC 2015)
Nine minutes into the second half and strugglers Leamington levelled through a powerful finish from Danny Newton.
The home side pushed for a winner throughout the remainder of the second half however it finished level and Town are now unbeaten in three and Weaver has dragged them up to 14th.
Harrogate Railway also came up against a side struggling for form in visiting bottom of the table Padiham however that match also finished honours even 1-1.
Young Rotherham United striker Jerry Yates struck a debut goal for The Rail in the first half but a late controversial penalty was dispatched by the ever-lasting Brett Ormerod, yes you read correctly.
Railway drop two places to 6th and another tough trip awaits them on Tuesday night as they travel to league above outfit Ramsbottom United in the Semi-Final of the Doodson Cup.
Photo: Caught Light Photography Ltd.
All eyes are on next Saturday at Station View where on Valentine’s Day, lovers reunite as Railway legend Nathan Cartman returns to the club that served him so well with his new club Darlington 1883, definitely one to watch. I couldn’t help but laugh when Railway manager Billy Miller spoke about Cartman’s return and said something along the lines of ‘oh we’ll just kick him’.
Finally, I couldn’t talk about Tadcaster’s heroic FA Vase performance and not mention Shaw Lane Aquaforce who also made it into the last 8 of the competition. Lee Morris struck the all-important fifth goal in the match to see off Flackwell Heath 3-2 in a thriller.
Could a Tad v ShawLane rematch be on the cards in the Vase…………….
Report: Jay Taylor